Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop, typically growing in around the mid to late teens. We recommend having wisdom teeth removed early in our Hurricane, WV, office because these teeth are known to cause problems for your oral health. Most people develop four wisdom teeth — one in each corner of the mouth. In rare instances, however, patients can have less than four or even more than four wisdom teeth. Regular visits to your dentist are important because your dentist can track the growth of your third molars and alert our office if they need to be removed.
Why should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Wisdom teeth are the largest teeth, and in most cases, patient’s mouths are simply too small to accommodate their growth. If wisdom teeth are not removed, and they begin growing into the mouth without enough space, they can become impacted cause a multitude of issues. Impacted wisdom teeth commonly result in infection, dental crowding, root damage, cysts, and even tumors. When any of these problems occur, it becomes a much more complicated (and sometimes more expensive) procedure to remove the wisdom teeth and correct the issues. Having your wisdom teeth removed in the early development stages prevents these problems from ever occurring.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Removing your wisdom teeth is beneficial to your overall oral health. If wisdom teeth are not removed and begin causing problems, you may not always realize it right away. Sometimes, problems such as infection and cysts can develop without noticeable symptoms. An infection has the potential to spread from the wisdom teeth to your gums and can cause more serious problems. By the time you and your dentist identifies these problems, it may be too late. The most common benefits of wisdom teeth removal include
- Prevention of serious health issues from arising
- Easier procedure and recovery
In addition to avoiding impaction and other conditions, having your wisdom teeth removed early means an easier treatment for you. The sooner you have the teeth extracted, the smaller they are and the easier the procedure is. When the procedure is easy, it typically means a quicker and more comfortable recovery for you.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
The treatment process for wisdom teeth removal depends on several factors and differs with every patient. Coming into our office in Hurricane, WV, for your consultation appointment is the first step because it allows our doctors to get to know your unique needs. During your initial visit, one of our oral surgeons will thoroughly examine your mouth, review your medical history, and take 3D scans and X-rays to get a detailed look at your condition. Each of these steps helps your doctor develop a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan.
The consultation is also your time to ask questions, learn more about your anesthesia options, and review your surgical instructions. When you return to the office for your surgical appointment, we expect you to have followed the pre-operative instructions and to have a complete understanding of the post-operative instructions. Once your doctor has administered your chosen form of anesthesia, he will gently open your gums and remove the wisdom teeth. In some cases, he may need to break the teeth into smaller pieces to make removal easier. When the teeth have been removed, and your gums have been sutured, you can return home for recovery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Hurricane (Teays Valley), WV
If you have been referred to our office for wisdom teeth removal or if you think you need to have your third molars examined, please schedule a consultation at our office in Hurricane, WV. When you call, one of our friendly staff members will be happy to answer your questions and help you prepare for your initial visit. We look forward to meeting you.