Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most ordinary, commonly performed oral surgeries in the world. The majority of people develop wisdom teeth at some point in their teens or early adulthood, and it typically makes sense to have those wisdom teeth removed toavoid potential complications down the road. At our practice, we have much experience keeping patients safe and comfortable during the wisdom teeth removal process.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the final adult teeth to erupt. Most of the time, they emerge sometime between ages 17 and 21, though some patients get them as early as age 11.
The problem is most people’s jaws simply are not large enough to accommodate these extra teeth. This can result in the wisdom teeth becoming impacted, meaning they do not erupt fully. Impacted wisdom teeth may result in crowding and alignment problems, chronic pain, or an increased risk of infection.
Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed at an Early Age?
Your dentist may recommend you getting your wisdom teeth removed at an early age. In fact, many dentists will recommend wisdom teeth removal as soon as the teeth partially erupt, and it becomes more viable to have them extracted.
Early wisdom teeth removal is typically the best option because it helps prevent potentially serious dental complications down the road. Additionally, having the wisdom teeth removed sooner rather than later usually means a smoother process with a shorter recovery time, and less risk of complication.
Recovery and Aftercare
Before you are discharged to head home, you will be provided with a full set of aftercare instructions. You will probably want to rest at home for one or two days following your wisdom teeth removal. You can expect some swelling and physical discomfort during this recovery time, but these symptoms are easily managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain remedies. Prescription pain medications are available as needed.
You will be advised to stick to soft foods and liquids for a few days, shifting back to a normal diet as you feel able.
You’re in Good Hands with Us
Wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage, and an important way to prevent yourself from serious dental concerns later in life. Our oral surgeons are here to perform a safe, comfortable, and expedient wisdom teeth removal for you. To schedule a dental implant consultation, call one of our 3 Kansas City Dental Implants and Oral Surgery offices.