Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to develop in the back of the mouth. Most patients develop four wisdom teeth, one for each corner; however, it’s possible to develop less than four or even more than four wisdom teeth. It’s important to attend regular checkups with your dentist as dentists are trained to detect the presence of wisdom teeth before they present symptoms. If you have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal or think you may need your third molars extracted, please contact our office in Charleston, WV.
Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Contrary to what you may think, you do not necessarily need to have your wisdom teeth removed. The best way to know for sure is to visit an oral surgeon; however, in most cases, our doctors recommend wisdom teeth removal to prevent more serious health issues from arising. Wisdom teeth are very large, and they often do not have enough room to grow into their proper position in the dental arch. When the mouth lacks space to accommodate wisdom teeth, the molars tend to get stuck below the gums (impacted). Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, root damage, dental crowding, cysts, and tumors. Having your wisdom teeth removed early can prevent these problems from developing.
In addition to avoiding more serious conditions, early wisdom teeth removal provides the following benefits:
- Easier procedure and quicker recovery
- Eliminates any discomfort your wisdom teeth may have been causing
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
The process of wisdom teeth removal differs with every patient and depends on the number of teeth that need to be removed, their position, their level of impaction, and other factors. Treatment always begins with a consultation appointment, which allows your oral surgeon the chance to get to know you and your unique needs. Once he has reviewed your health history, examined your mouth and jaws, and discussed your options for anesthesia with you, he can determine your personalized treatment plan.
Your next visit will be your removal appointment. Your doctor will administer your chosen form of anesthesia. Most wisdom teeth patients choose to undergo IV anesthesia so they can rest comfortably while their 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 out, and your doctor has stitched your gums, you will return home for recovery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Charleston, WV
If you think your wisdom teeth may need to be removed, or if your dentist has referred you to our office for wisdom teeth extractions, please contact our office in Charleston, WV. A member of our staff will be happy to answer your questions and schedule you a consultation appointment with one of our oral surgeons.