Knowing When to Extract Wisdom Teeth and When Not To is Our Job
Posted on 8/25/2018 by Jeff Wasielewski DDS
If you have a teenager and you are wondering if they will need to get their wisdom teeth extracted, we can help you. It is our job to decide if they will need surgery to protect other dental work or if the teeth are impacted and need to come out.
While it can be nerve-wracking to think of having your child go under general anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal, we take every precaution and carefully review their health history, to use the sedation that will better help to keep them comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. If they are healthy, not causing pain, and not impacted or affecting orthodontic work, such as braces, there is no need to extract wisdom teeth. If you think every kid you know has had wisdom teeth surgery, you are correct. Most teenagers and young adults will need this surgery, but we will always offer you a comprehensive consultation to explain why your child needs to have their wisdom teeth removed.
You can expect to have wisdom teeth surgery if:
There is a significant amount of pain because the wisdom teeth have erupted, and an infection is present in the area.
The wisdom teeth are coming in crooked and will misalign the rest of your teeth.
There is not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth.
The sac next to the wisdom teeth fills with fluid and cysts form.
Knowing when to extract wisdom teeth and when not to is our job. The best thing for any patient is to keep all their natural teeth with proper oral care. Wisdom teeth extraction should only be done when necessary and not for those who do not need it. Please ask us any questions you have about wisdom teeth surgery during your consultation.
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