Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that typically emerge in the back of the jaw when a person reaches early adulthood. When the third set of molars are indicating removal, we’ve found it to be best to do before the roots are completely formed. The roots can be completely developed as early as the age of 15 depending on the teenager’s development. When you feel these roots may begin developing, its best to schedule a consultation to find the best options for removal. Thanks to the advent of improved oral hygiene (and therefore less premature tooth loss), these extra teeth are obsolete and often cause more harm than good. For patients who want to avoid the dangerous and damaging effects of wisdom teeth, having these molars removed in a timely manner by Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery is recommended.
Why Should a Patient Choose Wisdom Teeth Removal?
There are many reasons a patient might want to have their wisdom teeth removed. Some of the most common issues that can arise from leaving wisdom teeth in the mouth include:
- Overcrowding of existing teeth as the wisdom teeth emerge, which can push these teeth out of alignment and create a misaligned bite and smile.
- Problems with tooth decay or infection, especially in wisdom teeth that only partially emerge. Bacteria can get in-between the gums and cause decay in the parts of the tooth that can’t be cleaned with a toothbrush.
- Extreme toothaches and headaches when the wisdom teeth put pressure on the jaw and other teeth.
- The formation of cysts and tumors that can form around the wisdom teeth, causing serious damage to the jawbone.
At the end of the day, every patient is different, which is why our doctors will take the time to perform a thorough consultation and examination before recommending wisdom teeth removal. Some people are at a higher risk of problems than others, and an evaluation early in life is the best way to reduce the risk for these future dental issues.
What Is the Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Like?
Our Reston oral surgeons will do everything they can to make their patients as comfortable as possible during wisdom teeth removal. To begin the procedure, patients will be treated with an anesthetic and sedative so they won’t be conscious or feel any pain. After the patient reaches a deep state of relaxation, our doctors will carefully remove all four wisdom teeth at once to reduce the need for future surgeries. This might involve cutting out the teeth, especially if they are impacted (growing in sideways).
What Is the Recovery Process Like After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
After the procedure, patients may feel groggy as well as slight discomfort in the mouth. However, this can easily be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Patients will need to stick to a liquid or soft foods diet and avoid drinking out of straws to prevent a condition called dry socket. Swelling and discomfort should ease in just a few days, after which the patient can return to a normal diet.
Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed by Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery
Having your wisdom teeth removed is a great way to prevent oral health issues later in life. Rather than wait for pain and misaligned teeth to occur, it’s best to correct the problem as soon as possible.
To learn more about wisdom teeth removal by Reston Advanced Oral and Cosmetic Facial Surgery, contact us today at (571) 595-3223.