As the third and final set of molars to grow into the mouth, wisdom teeth are not important to the development of your overall bite. We recommend having your third molars removed at our office in Beckley, WV, because they tend to cause a host of oral health problems. Wisdom teeth can be extracted at any age, but removal is most effective as a preventive procedure. Removing the teeth in the early stages can help patients avoid more serious health issues.
Why should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?
The most common reason our doctors recommend wisdom teeth removal is because of the health risks associated with their growth. It is extremely common for wisdom teeth to become impacted, which is when the molars get stuck beneath the surface of the gums. Impaction typically results in much more serious problems, including
- Dental crowding
- Root damage to nearby teeth
Having your wisdom teeth removed is an easy way to prevent these problems from occurring. In addition, having your third molars extracted in the early development stage makes procedure and recovery much easier. The teeth are smaller, which means they are easier to remove and require smaller surgical sites, which results in a better recovery.
Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth
In addition to preventing more serious health conditions from occurring, there are other reasons you may need your wisdom teeth removed. In some cases, your wisdom teeth may reach later development stages before you realize they are there. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may need your wisdom teeth extracted:
- Pain or discomfort in the back of the mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Swollen gums or other signs of infection
- Crowding of your other teeth
Wisdom teeth can start growing in properly and then suddenly shift position and start causing problems. Even if you don’t have your wisdom teeth removed early, you may still need to have them extracted. Visiting an oral surgeon can help determine the best course of treatment for your needs.
Wisdom Teeth Procedure
The first step of the wisdom teeth removal process is attending a consultation at our office in Beckley, WV. Your consultation appointment is your oral surgeon’s opportunity to examine your medical history and take 3D scans and X-rays to get a detailed look at your condition. While the average patient develops four wisdom teeth, some patients can have less than four or more than four. At your consultation, your doctor can determine how many third molars you have, their level of development, and whether they are impacted. Each of these factors will contribute to your personalized treatment plan.
When your consultation is over, you will return home with your surgical instructions and return at a later date for your removal procedure. At your surgical appointment, your doctor will administer the form of anesthesia you chose at your consultation appointment. Many wisdom teeth patients choose to undergo IV anesthesia, which allows them to sleep comfortably and wake up feeling like the procedure never happened. Once your anesthesia takes effect, your doctor will open the gums and remove the wisdom teeth. If necessary, he will break the teeth into smaller pieces to make the extraction easier. When your anesthesia wears off, you can return home for recovery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Beckley, WV
Undergoing wisdom teeth removal in Beckley, WV, can help you avoid a host of oral health problems. If you have been recommended to have your third molars extracted or think you may need to, please contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment. Our staff can answer your questions and give you more information about the treatment process. We look forward to speaking with you.