Wondering if your wisdom teeth can stay? You might be better off having your Boise dentist remove them at a younger age rather than putting it off and dealing with the complications they cause later. Here are three instances when you might want to consider wisdom teeth removal:
1. Wisdom Teeth Removal When Misaligned
This is one of the main reasons patients get their wisdom teeth removed. Instead of growing straight up or down, many wisdom teeth will grow sideways into your other teeth, out towards or jaw, or in towards your tongue. When growing towards your other teeth, they can cause a lot of pain and pressure and can even cause your other teeth to move. When growing out or in, the wisdom teeth can cause problems with the jawbone or nerves.
2. Wisdom Teeth Removal When Partially Erupted
If your wisdom teeth have managed to come in straight, you still might not be out of the woods. Sometimes wisdom teeth, especially the bottom molars, don’t come in all the way, leaving a flap of gum over the tooth that is great for holding bacteria and staving off your toothbrush. That makes these teeth much more prone to infection and disease. While you can cut off this flap of gum, it will just grow back.
3. Wisdom Teeth Removal When Infected
Several studies have linked wisdom teeth in older adults to increased infections and cavities, which in turn affect your overall health. Even if your wisdom teeth come in straight and don’t crowd your other teeth, they may be more trouble than they are worth with the cavities, root canals, and infections many people experience with them. It’s not just cavities—gum infections and even cysts are more common complaints as well. Wisdom teeth are so much more prone to cavities due to their hard-to-reach location.
With all the hassle associated with wisdom teeth, many professionals recommend wisdom teeth removal when you are in your teens or early twenties before any problems start. The roots of wisdom teeth are not fully formed at that point, and the teeth don’t have enough time to push around your other teeth or cause other damage. Wisdom teeth removal for patients who are under 25 years old are very predictable and rarely result in complications.
Stop by and talk with our Boise dentists about your wisdom teeth removal options, or give our Boise office a call for more information!
For many people, getting wisdom teeth removed is a rite of passage into adulthood. Usually removed when a patient is in their teens or early twenties, the procedure is usually accompanied by a lot of chocolate shakes and plenty of movie marathons. But what does the procedure actually require, and how do our Boise dentists give you the best care?
The Best Preparation.
Our Boise dentists make sure they know everything before heading into a procedure. Not all wisdom teeth have to be removed, if there is room for them, and some teeth do not require the surgical extraction generally associated with removing wisdom teeth. If they have already come in, they may be able to be removed with a simple extraction that only requires local anesethetic.
Not only do we do our research to give you the best care, we also keep our patients informed as well. A patient in need of getting their wisdom teeth removed will know how many teeth need removing and where they are. There are several reasons wisdom teeth need to be removed:
- The teeth may be misaligned. This means the wisdom teeth are angled towards the patient’s molars. They can also be leaning too far outward or inward. In any case, they cause pain and discomfort.
- The teeth may be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are still within the jawbone or tissue. While this may not be a problem now, it usually poses a problem later, especially if the teeth are also misaligned. They also may not have broken through the surface of the gums due to space issues and so need to be removed.
- The teeth may be partially erupted. When a tooth is halfway emerged from the gums, it is called a partially erupted tooth. This can be very uncomfortable and cause swelling and pain. It is also very difficult to brush and floss and so is much more likely to decay.
After the initial exam, patients will receive the information they need to come prepared for the teeth removal. They will know how long the appointment will last, and about how long the recovery will take. It is difficult to give a time frame for the procedure or the recovery because every case is different and every patient is unique. In most cases, the recovery period only lasts a few days.
The Procedure and Healing Process.
On the day of the procedure our Boise dentists may recommend that you do not eat before the appointment so that you are ready for the anesthetic. A general anesthetic will allow you to sleep through the appointment as well as prevent pain. Once you are given the anesthetic, our Boise dentists may begin to count down from ten, or they may ask you to create a nice dream for yourself. In either case, you will be asleep within seconds and will wake up once the appointment is over.
Plan for a lot of sleeping and laying around for the day or two after the appointment to allow time for healing. Generally stay with soft foods like shakes, slowly switching over to regular food as you heal and are able to eat it. Our Boise dentists will give you a thorough recovery sheet so you know how to take care of yourself for the fastest healing. Most important of all, enjoy plenty of great movies or catch up on your favorite television shows!
Wisdom teeth removal does not have to be a painful process. With the best preparation and patient care, our Boise dentists do our best to keep every appointment simple and relaxing. We may even check up on you to make sure you are feeling okay after your appointment.
If you have more questions or think you may need your wisdom teeth removed, stop by our Boise office!