Wisdom Teeth: Information for Families
At Lakeside Oral Surgery & 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.
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.
Dr. Haynie and Dr. Black have 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 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.
To read more about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.
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