Why Wisdom Teeth Removal?
- Lessens pain, decay, infection, cysts, tumors
- Help alleviate crowding of teeth
Do they have to come out?
Who needs them? Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, can be quite a problem for many people. Usually around age 18 to 20 they erupt and cause pain, infection or a painful pressure sensation. They are sometimes guilty of damaging nearby teeth or even forming cysts or tumors around themselves. Gum disease will thrive in areas that cannot be properly cleansed and, whether erupted or not, wisdom teeth harbor such areas. In addition to problems with infection, the pressure from their eruption leads to increased crowding in the mouth. They are seldom straight enough to help in chewing, and for most people, removal is the best option. That is what I have done for myself and all of my family. Rarely is someone seen with useful wisdom teeth, and, of course, in that case they should be left alone and kept healthy. A special panoramic, full mouth, x-ray will usually be all that is needed to properly evaluate whether or not extractions are needed.
Removal of the wisdom teeth is the best option in most cases. Luckily, hospitalization and general anesthesia are usually NOT needed for this. Great outcomes, at lowered expense and risk can be obtained by using only mild sedation and local anesthesia. This is how we routinely do this surgery at our clinic. You usually do not even have to have someone come drive you home unless you desire.
Oh! And don’t worry about losing you wisdom. It has nothing to do with those teeth, just a name only!
If you think or know your wisdom teeth have to come out, call today to schedule a COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION with me to discuss your options.