The third molars became known as wisdom teeth because they come in during late adolescence, and the person has presumably gained more wisdom since their last molars came in. Because they tend to come in between the ages of 17 and 25, the rest of the primary teeth have already erupted and left little, if any, room for wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth are prone to impaction and other associated oral health problems. Most dental health professionals recommend preventative extraction of wisdom teeth for most patients so they can preserve their oral health.
Why should I get my third molars removed?
Most people just do not have enough room for wisdom teeth. Leaving wisdom teeth in the mouth can cause several oral health issues, including
- Pain and swelling of the area
- Gum disease
- Tumors and cysts
- Build-up of bad bacteria, which can cause infection, decay, and bad breath
- Misalignment caused by dental shifting or crowding
The Removal Process
Drs. Smith and Ferguson are experienced oral surgeons who strive to provide the highest quality of care. They have received extensive education and training to be able to provide the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including the extraction of wisdom teeth.
Your consultation is the first appointment you will have with us. Your oral surgeon will meet with you first to discuss your condition and determine the best treatment plan for you. A thorough oral examination will be completed, along with a medical and imaging review. 3D scans or additional X-rays may be required and will also be completed at this time. Your options for anesthesia will also be discussed to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure. We will take the time to answer any questions you may have and will provide pre- and post-operative care instructions.
You will return to our office for your surgical appointment. The procedure will start with the administration of anesthesia to help you feel at ease. If your wisdom tooth is completely developed and grown in, the procedure will follow just like any other extraction. If the tooth is impacted or partially beneath the gums, your oral surgeon will work to expose the tooth through the tissue. The tooth may be broken into segments for easier removal. Once the tooth is removed, the gums are sutured, and the procedure is over. You will rest and recover at home.
Wisdom Teeth Removals in Gretna, LA
Oral Surgery Services can meet and exceed all oral and maxillofacial surgery needs, including the removal of wisdom teeth. If you or your child have been recommended for wisdom tooth extraction in Gretna, LA, we encourage you to call our office. We look forward to caring for you and your loved ones at Oral Surgery Services.