They say that with age comes wisdom, but with age also comes your so-called “wisdom teeth.” These back molars erupt later in a patient’s life, around 18 to 20 years old, and are usually invasive and uncomfortable for the average patient. These “extra” molars often grow in awkwardly, at angles, and cause pain or discomfort. For this reason, patients commonly have these teeth removed if they have the potential to cause pain or crowding of the teeth. Here at Advanced Family Dentistry, Dr. David Taler has years of comprehensive experience removing wisdom teeth of all types. Read along to learn more about the risks of wisdom teeth, and how the extraction process works.
Wisdom teeth get their name from the time when they usually erupt, which is in a patient’s late teens or early twenties, when people have matured and become older, wiser adults. Every patient’s smile is as unique as their personality, but oftentimes patients may not have enough room in their smiles to accommodate wisdom teeth. If there is room and the wisdom teeth grow naturally without discomfort, then no extraction is needed. In contrast, wisdom teeth can grow in irregularly and painfully and can put stress on the rest of your teeth, causing them to crowd or shift position. In this instance, it’s ideal to have them removed.
Sometimes widsom teeth do not erupt at all, and remain under the gums in these awkward positions; other times only a partial eruption can be seen. The following are some examples of how wisdom teeth can manifest themselves in the mouth:
Once it has been determined by Dr. Taler that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, it is time to undergo the procedure itself. Your current health and other various factors will determine the level of sedation dentistry required: how many wisdom teeth need to be extracted, their position, and the complexity of the procedure. For those who only need one or two wisdom teeth removed, local anesthesia or light sedation will be used, so you won’t feel any pain. For the cases where all four wisdom teeth must be removed, a stronger form of sedation may be required so that the patient does not feel any pain and have no memory of the procedure.
Advanced Family Dentistry is also proud to provide specialized extraction with surgical lasers. Laser treatment help sterilize the surgical site, minimizing pain or risk of infection, and statistically offers a faster healing time. During the consultation, Dr. Taler can explain this unique device in further detail and how it can impact your personal treatment.
If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, or have yet to erupt, call us at (317) 849-1223 to set up a comprehensive evaluation: you’ll learn about the current state of your wisdom teeth, whether extraction is necessary, and what your treatment would look like. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Taler and our team.