Wisdom Teeth Removal
The wisdom teeth begin to emerge during the late teens and having them removed is a rite of passage for many teenagers. These molars can often become misaligned as they begin to grow. If this happens, the wisdom teeth can impact your other teeth or cause damage to your bone tissue and gums. In most cases we recommend removing the wisdom teeth before they emerge to prevent this damage.
How wisdom teeth are removed
During your teen’s regular dental exams, we’ll monitor how the wisdom teeth are developing. If we see that the wisdom teeth will put other teeth at risk, we’ll usually recommend having them extracted.
Because the wisdom teeth are removed before they emerge from your gums they need to be surgically removed. The surgery is normally performed under a local anesthetic and sedation. We remove the wisdom teeth through incisions in your gums and then close the incisions with sutures.
You may experience swelling and pain after your surgery. We’ll provide you with advice on how you can care for your mouth while the incisions heal. We may also provide you with a prescription for pain medication to help with discomfort.
Contact our office if you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or to book an examination.