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Do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Not everybody needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. The position of your wisdom teeth, their stage of development, and the size of your mouth are all factors that can affect your need for wisdom teeth removal. We recommend extractions to patients with wisdom teeth in a position that risks the health of their other teeth. Also, patients with impacted wisdom teeth are recommended to undergo removal as soon as possible to prevent serious problems from arising.
Visiting our office for a consultation is the best way to know if you need your wisdom teeth removed. Our doctors can examine your mouth and take 3D scans of your teeth to help them determine the best plan of action.
When should I have my wisdom teeth extracted?
Oral surgeons can remove wisdom teeth from patients of any age. In most cases, our doctors recommend having wisdom teeth removed in their early development stage, which occurs in the mid to late teens. Having wisdom teeth removed at this age allows our doctors to prevent serious problems from arising, including infection, cysts, and tumors. However, our doctors can also remove fully developed wisdom teeth. Your treatment depends on the condition of your wisdom teeth, and we encourage you to visit our office for a consultation to learn more.
I can’t feel my wisdom teeth. Does that mean there are no problems with them?
The absence of pain does not always signify a lack of issues. Some complications caused by wisdom teeth may present asymptomatically. We recommend attending routine checkups with your dentist or orthodontist, as they are trained to detect the presence of wisdom teeth during early development. Consulting with a professional is truly the best way to know if your wisdom teeth require removal.
Is wisdom teeth removal painful?
At Park Cities Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, we strive to ensure you are always at ease during treatment. We offer a variety of anesthesia options for your comfort, and we will discuss which of these options best suits your needs. Our trained oral surgeons possess the highest level of licensure to administer all forms of in-office anesthesia. You can rest assured knowing that we provide the best pain-free treatment possible.
After surgery, it’s common for patients to feel a small amount of discomfort around the surgical sites. Our doctors will prescribe narcotics, though most patients report needing only over-the-counter drugs to relieve their pain.