What are wisdom teeth? Typically appearing between the ages of 17-24, this third set of molars either grows in without a hitch or cannot penetrate the surface of your gums, causing them to become impacted.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons “about 90% of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth” and millions of people undergo wisdom teeth surgery every year. But though this is a common type of oral surgery, patients still have many questions about wisdom teeth removal.
At Dakota Dental, our mission is to put your mind (and teeth) at ease, so you feel confident and can make informed decisions about your dental wellness.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Cause Problems?
There’s some differing theories on why wisdom teeth can be such a pain (literally). While our ancestors ate tougher foods, such as raw fruit and wild game, today, we tend to eat softer sustenances. In a use it or lose it turn, our modern mouths don’t always grow big enough for wisdom teeth since developmentally bigger mouths aren’t as necessary for our survival.
When wisdom teeth start to grow in without enough space to accommodate them, however, they become impacted. This can be painful and lead to serious dental problems down the road.
Should I Have My Teenager’s Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth can cause serious mouth pain, including swollen or painful gums, jaw swelling, bad breath, and difficulty opening your mouth! If your teenager is experiencing any of these symptoms, you’ll want to pursue the topic of wisdom teeth removal.
Sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth don’t cause any noticeable symptoms. But because of the position or difficulty cleaning, your dentist may recommend removal.
What Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Entail?
The prime age for wisdom teeth removal is during the teenage years, as the roots of the teeth haven’t yet fully developed, providing an easier extraction! As you prepare for surgery, talk to your dentist about how many wisdom teeth need to be removed and decide the type of anesthesia you prefer.
On the day of the surgery, the tooth (or teeth) will be removed and the area will be thoroughly cleaned. When necessary, stitches are used to close the area up but not always.
Recovery from wisdom teeth surgery can take about two weeks. Listen to your dentist about how best to treat pain for the specific surgery. In general, taking acetaminophens, eating soft foods, keeping the mouth clean, and resting the body will help speed up the recovery time.
Stay Ahead of the Problem
One of the best ways to steer clear of potential dental issues, including impacted wisdom teeth, is to keep up with regular dental appointments.
Thinking about getting you or your teenager’s wisdom teeth removed? Or is it time for a routine check up? With our dental professionals at Dakota Dental, you and your loved ones are always in safe hands!
Request an appointment today!