At your dental exam, an X-ray may be taken to evaluate your wisdom teeth. The X-ray will show the Dentist how your wisdom teeth have developed and the positioning of the teeth.
The dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth extracted to prevent future problems. Removing wisdom teeth at the proper time will prevent complications that could arise if done at a later time. Removal of wisdom teeth at a younger age is usually easier, this is due to the roots not being fully developed and bone is less dense than adult bone. The healing process tends to be shorter for younger people.
The difficulty of the removal process depends upon the development and positioning of teeth. If the tooth is present above the gum, it tends to be easier to remove. If a tooth is below gum and embedded in bone, it can be difficult to remove. The dentist may remove the tooth in smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
Healing time for the extractions depend on several different factors, 1. The difficulty of extraction 2. Your general health 3. The compliance of following post-operative instructions.
The dentist will give you post-operative instructions when the extractions are completed. Please follow the guidelines he/she gives you. They may include liquid/soft foods, no rinsing, no drinking from straw, no smoking, avoiding hot beverages and taking medications as directed. There may be more depending on your unique situation.
If you have questions about the removal of your wisdom teeth, call our office and we can help answer for you. We want you to feel comfortable and informed before the removal of your wisdom teeth.