A patient’s wisdom teeth are highly likely to become impacted because those third molars are so large and human jaws have been evolving to become smaller over time. Even if your wisdom teeth are not symptomatic, you may want to be evaluated to determine the likelihood that they will not erupt properly and if extraction is recommended.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause significant problems for patients’ oral health as well as their quality of life. Patients may experience discomfort as the impacted teeth continue to try to push through the gums. Neighboring teeth can be damaged as a result of that pressure, as well.
Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth are more prone to developing cysts, tumors, infections and abscesses. Those latter two issues are particularly concerning because bacteria can easily access the bloodstream from the wisdom teeth and spread throughout the body.
When an oral surgeon removes wisdom teeth, even those that are not symptomatic at the time, your risks of these negative outcomes are significantly reduced.
Your oral surgeon can remove impacted wisdom teeth in an outpatient procedure that takes just a few hours. Most patients will opt for some form of sedation for additional comfort, so follow your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions if you make that choice.
A surgeon can assess the condition of the wisdom teeth in patients as young as their early teens. It is recommended that patients have their third molars removed by age 25 for the best outcomes. The roots are shorter in younger patients, so it’s easier to remove the teeth in them. Older adolescents and young adults tend to recover more quickly afterward, too.
If you do decide to undergo preventive wisdom teeth extraction, be sure to thoroughly discuss all pre- and post-operative instructions with your surgeon to make sure that you understand them clearly. When you follow the surgeon’s directions closely, you’ll reduce your chances of complications like dry sockets.
Wisdom tooth extraction can be beneficial to a patient’s oral health and overall well-being. Speak with one of our experienced experts at ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio to learn more about this procedure and whether it is appropriate for you. Call 312-328-9000 today to schedule your visit.