At Royal Oak Family Dentistry, Dr. Flesher and the rest of our team specialize in a variety of procedures to restore and preserve your oral health. One of the more common procedures we perform on our patients is wisdom teeth removal. Although this procedure may seem scary, it is a quick procedure that will have you feeling better in no time. But what are wisdom teeth, why are they often removed, and is there anything you can do to prepare for the removal?
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
- Your wisdom teeth are the furthest back of your 3 molars on each corner of your mouth.
- Scientists believe that our ancestors used these third molars to grind through plant tissue.
- While some people are born without wisdom teeth or are lacking some of them, most of us are born with 4.
- They generally erupt (break the surface of your gum) between the ages of 17 and 25.
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Often Removed?
As wisdom teeth develop, they can become impacted. This means that they cannot fully erupt because they are blocked by your other teeth. Impaction can be painful and often results in infection or damage to your other teeth. Dr. Flesher and the rest of our team keep a careful eye on the development of your wisdom teeth in order to try to remove them (if necessary) before they become impacted.
How Can I Prepare for My Oral Surgery?
If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, Dr. Flesher and our team will carefully explain the procedure and what you can expect during recovery. Depending on the status of your teeth and your dental health history, we will determine how many teeth to remove, what kind of anesthesia we will use, and any other variables we need to consider.
- Depending on the type of anesthesia we use, we may ask you to have someone who can drive you home after the procedure, as well as to avoid eating or drinking before the surgery.
- If you use prescription medications, we may ask you to avoid taking them before the surgery, depending on how the drugs may interact with anesthesia.
- Consult with our team regarding any anxiety you feel about the procedure and recovery. We are here to help!
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, rest assured that you’re in good hands. We are happy to answer any additional questions you might have and will take good care of you throughout the procedure. To schedule your consultation, call us today!
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