Most people need to have their wisdom teeth (also known as 3rd molars) removed at some point in their life. They can cause pain and crowd healthy teeth, often resulting in decay and infection.
Our Gastonia dentists often recommend our patients have their wisdom teeth removed during their late teenage years or early 20s. When the wisdom teeth are removed before reaching full maturity, they are smaller, which often results in a less complicated surgery and shorter recovery time.
Do I Need To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Dr. Kingsbury, Dr. Hill, Dr. Briggs, and Dr. Smigiel can determine if you or your child's wisdom teeth will likely cause problems during a complete oral exam and comprehensive x-ray imaging.
Most dentists agree that there just isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth in the average person’s mouth because our jaws don’t grow large enough. Since there isn’t space for these teeth to property erupt from the gums, they often emerge at an angle. When wisdom teeth come in at an angle, this can affect your bite, create an area where food particles get caught, and cause decay or even an infection. Having your wisdom teeth extracted is an important step in keeping your smile healthy, straight, and decay-free for years to come. Getting your wisdom teeth removed earlier outweighs the cost of waiting to long.
What Can I Expect When My Wisdom Teeth Are Removed?
Wisdom teeth removal is a common, low-risk oral surgery. The surgery is done as an out-patient procedure with a relatively quick recovery time. Patients are offered anesthesia before the procedure.
The back of the mouth is opened, in order for the wisdom teeth to be removed from their sockets. These holes are closed with dissolvable sutures to stop bleeding and prevent bacteria from entering the sockets. On the day of your wisdom teeth extraction, you will need to bring someone with you who can drive you home after the procedure. The extraction will take about 30 to 60 minutes.
Thanks to modern dentistry, wisdom teeth removal is now done in a way that promotes quick healing and minimal discomfort following the procedure. Our experienced Gastonia dental staff will provide instructions on how to care for your mouth following your wisdom tooth extraction.
Schedule Your Wisdom Teeth Consultation With Gastonia Family Dentistry Today!
Do you have a wisdom tooth causing you pain? Are you noticing swelling in your gums near your second or third molars? Do you have questions about the wisdom teeth removal cost?
Don't wait any longer! Schedule a consultation with Gastonia Family Dentistry today to discuss when your wisdom teeth should be removed.