Most dental professionals recommend removal of the wisdom teeth in the teen years to avoid the oral health problems that can arise when these molars go untreated. It is important to have the development of these molars tracked during regular checkups with your dentist, as dentists are trained to detect the presence of wisdom teeth before they present symptoms. If you or your child has been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, or you think you or your child may need to be evaluated for wisdom teeth removal, please contact our office in Ashland, Kentucky, today. We will be happy to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our trusted oral surgeons.
Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Not all people have their wisdom teeth removed, but these molars, also called third molars, are usually the last set of molars to emerge and often do not have enough room to grow into their proper position in the dental arch. Because most mouths lack adequate space to accommodate these teeth, they tend to get stuck below the gums (impacted).
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause the following oral health conditions:
- Root damage
- Dental crowding
Having your wisdom teeth removed before they cause these problems can spare you from having costly and uncomfortable oral health issues in the future. In addition to avoiding serious oral health complications, wisdom teeth removal while young is often a much easier procedure with a quicker recovery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
The process of wisdom teeth removal differs for everyone. Your procedure will depend on the number of teeth that need to be removed, their position, their level of impaction, and other factors. The first step is always a consultation appointment with your oral surgeon during which your surgeon will review your health history, examine your mouth and jaws, and discuss your options for anesthesia. At this point, a personalized treatment plan will be created for you.
Your next visit will be your removal appointment. Your oral surgeon will administer your chosen form of anesthesia, which will most often be IV anesthesia, allowing you to rest comfortably while your teeth are removed. Once your anesthesia has taken effect, your oral surgeon will expose the wisdom teeth and carefully extract them. In some cases, the removal process is easier if your oral surgeon breaks the teeth into smaller pieces. Once the teeth are removed, your doctor will stitch your gums closed, and you will return home for your recovery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Ashland, KY
If you suspect you or your child is in need of a wisdom teeth extraction, or if your dentist has referred you to our office for a wisdom teeth extraction procedure, please contact our welcoming Ashland, Kentucky, office. A member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation appointment with one of our trusted oral surgeons.