Wisdom Teeth: Information for Families
At Lakeside Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, the safe removal of wisdom teeth is something that we do regularly. And while it may be a routine practice for us, we understand that for teens, the procedure can bring up some apprehension and anxiety. Our team is 100% dedicated to your safety and comfort when you are in our office, and we are here to answer any questions you may have about wisdom teeth extraction.
The Problem with Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are also known as “third molars,” and are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. More often than not, there is a lack of adequate space, which leads to crowding or “impaction”. This can cause many problems, from infection to damage to neighboring teeth and nerves, and even cysts and tumors later in life. For this reason, it is recommended for most people that they have their wisdom teeth removed.
Removing Wisdom Teeth in Teens
Because the roots have not fully developed and entwined themselves in the nerves of the jaw, the best time to remove the wisdom teeth is when you are young, ideally between the ages of 17 and 25. This lessens the risk of pain and complications.
Dr. Haynie has extensive experience in anesthesia, having spent several years training in anesthesia in hospitals (including Riley Children’s Hospital). We are able to provide safe and comfortable anesthesia for patients of all ages.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
Wisdom Teeth Complications
Any surgery has risks, however, with wisdom teeth removal, we are fortunate to have years and years of experience behind us as a field, which has lead to the development of best practices and the minimization of risks. Rare, but possible, risks include infection, dry socket, damage to the nerves, roots and nearby teeth.
Wisdom Teeth FAQs
What does “impacted” mean?
An impacted tooth is one that is unable to erupt through the gums. It is very common. In fact, 9 out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth requiring removal.
How long does the surgery take?
Wisdom teeth extraction typically takes about an hour.
Does wisdom teeth extraction hurt?
The surgery itself doesn’t hurt as you will be anesthetized to your chosen level of comfort. However, you will probably have some soreness as the anesthesia wears off, lasting for a few days. We will develop a medication plan with you prior to surgery to minimize discomfort.
If your child is between the ages of 17 and 25, please call our friendly, fun team to schedule a wisdom teeth consultation. We will make sure that your wisdom tooth experience is a great one! Coeur D'Alene Office Phone Number 208 664-0844
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My husband had two wisdom teeth extracted at Lakeside Oral Surgery. We were treated with the utmost respect. The facility is cozy and clean. There is a "Theater Room" with Netflix (and with snacks provided) in which I was able to wait while the surgery took place. After the surgery was complete, the doctor came in to discuss how things went. Information on post-surgical care was readily provided and was thorough. Conveniently, my husband was wheeled out to the front of the building while I pulled up the car, as he was still groggy from the general anasthesia. I would highly recommend this place... the facility and staff are great!
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I would recommend this office to anyone. They do a wonderful job at just making you feel welcome and comfortable. My mom took me in to get my wisdom teeth pulled and earlier (before we left) she asked why would you want to drive all the way from medical lake there I said because they are the best and I feel comfortable there. When I finally got home and relaxed she told me now that I went I totally understand why you wanted to go there. Not only did they make me their patient feel comfortable but they made my mom feel comfortable too and that means the world!! Thank you lakeside! I'll be back!
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I had a great experience with my wisdom teeth removal. Everything was simple and straight forward. Staff was very welcoming, and easy to work with. Definitely would recommend anyone to have their procedures performed here.
- Jaimen D
You and your staff are the most wonderful and caring I have seen in a long time, as soon as you walk in to the office the atmosphere is so awesome and friendly, and by the time I left after the procedure was over, I knew that I would refer them to anyone and everyone I know.
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Very comfortable, the staff was very nice and made sure we were comfortable right away. They provided snacks and my three year old and I were able to enjoy a private room to ourselves with Netflix and a coffee for me. Wonderful and quick!
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Ok, theater room?!? How cool is that? Thank you for taking such good care of us. Patient and Mom included. Front office girls all very sweet. Answered questions about insurance and billing. Looking forward to the follow up visit next week!
- Stephanie K
Honestly the most welcoming office i have ever come to. The staff and Dr Haynie are informative and caring, they kept me in the loop on how my sons procedure was going throughout. I would highly recommend this office for any oral needs. And I got to watch Netflix!!
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