We are often asked if it’s necessary to remove wisdom teeth. Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are usually the last four of the 32 teeth to erupt in the mouth. They generally make their appearance around age 15, but sometimes as late as 25. In many cases, limited oral space prevents wisdom teeth from erupting properly. When there is not enough room for wisdom teeth, an impacted tooth can cause a host of issues, including infection, damage to other teeth, bone loss, and the possibility of cysts. We are excited to have an oral surgeon on staff at Adventure Dental that parents can consult for questions regarding wisdom teeth removal. Along with our incredible team of pediatric and orthodontic professionals, oral surgeon Dr. Josh Ely has extensive experience and can help guide you in deciding when or if it is time to remove your child’s wisdom teeth. Dr. Ely provides quality dental care and strives to ensure that each child is safe and as comfortable as possible. How Wisdom Teeth Are Removed.
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common oral surgery procedures performed in dentist offices today. Most procedures can be handled in our office and only take 1 to 2 hours from start to finish. While the process may require general anesthesia, often nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and local anesthetic is all that is needed. Wisdom teeth extraction generally takes 2-3 days to recover from having your wisdom teeth extracted. You can remove the gauze used 30 minutes after surgery. You will need to restrict any physical activity. Please encourage your child to keep their hands out of their mouths and avoid touching the wound area as it can introduce bacteria and cause infection. Do not vigorously rinse your child’s mouth. Apply ice to the outside of the cheeks where the wisdom teeth were removed. And provide any over-the-counter or prescribed medication as soon as your child begins to feel discomfort.
Adventure Dental and Orthodontics encourages you to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the extraction of your child’s wisdom teeth. We’re here to help!