Not everyone has wisdom teeth — but if you or your teen are one of the majority of people that do have these third molars, chances are good they will require removal at some point. In fact, wisdom tooth extraction has become something of a rite of passage into adulthood. But when is the best time to take out the wisdom teeth in Taylor? Generally, the younger the patient, the easier the procedure is. Older people undergoing wisdom teeth removal are more likely to have complications and a longer recovery time.
Should your teen have a screening for wisdom teeth? We say yes. Younger patients may benefit from having an x-ray taken to determine whether or not the third molars are present beneath the gum line, and if they are likely to cause problems if so. Issues occurring due to the third molars result in impaction, discomfort, tooth crowding, and infection.
How to Recognize Problem Wisdom Teeth
Do you have a pain you suspect could be the result of problematic wisdom teeth? Here are some of the symptoms indicating the improper eruption of the third molars.
- Pain or tenderness in the back of the jaw
- Irritation of a third molar rubbing against the cheek, tongue, or other soft tissue
- Soreness or movement of surrounding teeth
- Bad smell coming from the back of the jaw
If you suspect you or your adolescent are experiencing problems related to the eruption of the third molars, do not delay seeking your dentist’s care.
The Earlier, the Better With Wisdom Teeth
Because it is typically far easier for young people to heal from oral surgery, we say the earlier, the better when it comes to wisdom teeth removal. But the decision on whether or not to have wisdom teeth removed as a preventive measure is up to you. Know that in some cases, the third molars will not cause any issues. However, removing them early is a good way to prevent further complications later on. Most teens undergoing wisdom teeth removal have quick, easy recovery periods.
The extraction of third molars has never been easier with options in anesthesia. At Ace Dental, we understand that procedures like wisdom teeth removal can cause patients real fear. Even a simple checkup and cleaning can be an issue for patients dealing with anxiety.
We are pleased to offer sedation dentistry to help make dental care a breeze. In addition to numbing the treatment area with local anesthesia, we can provide you with oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to make the experience as comfortable as possible. Just sit back, relax, and say goodbye to your third molars!
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Stay on the defensive with your wisdom teeth and consider preventive extraction. The presence of these third molars can cause infection, impaction, orthodontic issues, and a number of other problems. Please get in touch with Ace Dental and request an appointment to discuss whether or not you or your teen should consider extraction.