It’s common to experience issues when your wisdom teeth begin to grow. If these molars fail to fully erupt from your gums, you might develop infections, swelling, discomfort, and other problems. At San Tan Oral Surgery in Gilbert, Arizona, we can reduce your chance of experiencing these frustrating issues by removing these unnecessary teeth.
What Is the Right Age for Removing Wisdom Teeth?
Since your wisdom teeth may cause you to develop dental and orthodontic issues, we will usually advise you to remove these teeth at an early stage in your life. When we perform these extractions in a timely manner, you will have a decreased chance of developing infections, discomfort, and other problems. On average, it’s a good idea to remove these teeth when you are in your late teens or early twenties.
To protect your health, you should receive a thorough dental evaluation when you are a teenager. At this point, we can perform an oral examination and take x-rays of your mouth. We will use our examination and x-rays to determine if your wisdom teeth are likely to cause you to develop dental issues in the future. If these teeth are growing in a problematic fashion, we will advise you to eliminate these molars.
What Type of Problems Can These Teeth Cause?
If these molars grow in a straight, normal fashion, you may not need to remove these teeth. However, it’s very common for these teeth to grow in a crooked manner or fail to completely erupt from your gums. If your teeth do not fully erupt, bacteria may begin to grow around these molars, and you might develop infections that cause you to experience discomfort, stiffness, and swelling issues.
In addition, these molars may put pressure on nearby teeth. As this pressure increases, your teeth may become misaligned. You might need to correct this issue by spending a long time wearing braces.
What Steps Should I Take Before I Receive This Dental Treatment?
You’ll have a meeting with us before we remove these molars. During this appointment, you will need to tell us about any medications that you are using. We will also talk about the anesthesia that we will provide during your dental treatment.
Since you will need to spend some time recovering, you may be required to schedule a couple of days off from your school or job. Further, you should arrange for someone to help you with your household, childcare, and other daily tasks.
Will I Feel Uncomfortable During the Removal Process?
We will use anesthesia and other medications to ensure that you feel comfortable when we extract these teeth. Depending on your needs, we may provide you with local anesthesia or laughing gas during your appointment. Alternatively, we may advise you to receive general anesthesia that will allow you to remain unconscious during the removal process.
What Should I Expect During the Recovery Process?
After we remove these molars, we may place sutures in your gums. You will need to remain in your office while we observe your reaction to this treatment. Once you are ready to go home, we will give you a detailed list of instructions to follow while your teeth and gums are adjusting to this treatment.
In addition, we will give you a prescription for medication that you can take during the beginning of your recovery period. We will also provide you with an ice pack and antibiotics. Further, we may instruct you to eat soup, rice, and other soft dishes for a while.
Will My Dental Insurance Pay for Me to Remove These Teeth?
If these molars are causing you to experience health issues, your dental insurance may cover the costs of your treatment. We participate in many different dental insurance plans, and we will work with you to obtain reimbursement for your treatment. To expedite this process, you should give us your insurance information during your initial visit.
If you do not have dental insurance, you might be able to use financing options to spread out the cost of your treatment. For example, you might decide to use CareCredit to pay for your dental treatment over a period of several months.
Does Everyone Develop These Molars?
Experts believe that up to 37% of people will not develop a full set of these molars. Scientists believe that genetics may influence the development of these teeth.
However, these teeth are not always visible. If you do not notice these teeth by the time that you are in your mid-twenties, you might have an impacted tooth. If you are concerned about this issue, you should schedule a visit at our office so that we can use x-rays to analyze your teeth.
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Removing your wisdom teeth at an early stage in your life will decrease your chance of developing misaligned teeth, infections, and other health issues. The extraction process will be very quick, and you won’t have to spend a long time recovering from this dental treatment. To learn more about the benefits of removing these problematic molars, you should contact us at San Tan Oral Surgery in Gilbert, Arizona.