Wisdom teeth removal is an incredibly common preventive procedure performed at our office in Parkersburg, WV. Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to develop in the mouth, and typically, they grow in around the mid to late teens. Over time, wisdom teeth have become less important for your bite and more problematic for your oral health. The average patient’s mouth is simply too small to accommodate wisdom teeth, and removing them is an easy way to prevent them from growing in and causing problems.
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
There are several reasons that you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, with the most common reason being impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are stuck beneath the surface of the gums, and they are known to cause more serious problems. If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted:
- Pain or discomfort in the back of the mouth
- Persistent bad breath
- Swollen gums and other signs of infection
Any of these symptoms can be an indication that your third molars require removal. The best way to know is to visit our office in Parkersburg, WV. Our doctors are highly trained and can examine your mouth to determine the best course of treatment to fit your needs.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Having your wisdom teeth removed is incredibly beneficial to your overall health. When your mouth is too small for your wisdom teeth to develop properly, their growth can result in much more serious problems. By undergoing wisdom teeth removal, you can avoid
- Dental crowding
- Damage to nearby tooth roots
Wisdom Teeth Procedure
Your treatment will be tailored to your specific needs. While most patients have four wisdom teeth, it’s possible to develop less than four or even more than four molars. The treatment our oral surgeons plan for you will depend on the number of teeth you need to have extracted, their position in the mouth, and whether they are impacted. When you come in for your consultation appointment, your doctor will discuss all of these factors with you, as well as your options for anesthesia. He will also review your medical history and take 3D scans and X-rays of your mouth to ensure we can develop the most detailed removal plan possible.
When you return to our office for your surgery, your appointment can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Most wisdom teeth patients choose to undergo IV anesthesia so they can sleep through the procedure, and they often say they feel like the procedure only lasted a minute. Once your sedation has taken effect, your oral surgeon will expose the molars by carefully opening the gums. Once he removes any bone or growths that may be blocking the tooth’s path, he will remove them. Sometimes, it’s easier to break the teeth into smaller pieces before extracting them. After the teeth are all out, your doctor will suture your gums and send you home with your post-operative instructions to recover.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Parkersburg, WV
Wisdom teeth can be removed at any age, and we encourage you to contact our office in Parkersburg, WV, if you think you need to have yours extracted. A member of our staff can give you more information about treatment and answer any questions you have. We can also schedule a consultation appointment for you to come in and see one of our oral surgeons. We look forward to hearing from you.