The wisdom teeth are the third molars that are found at the very back of the mouth on either side of each arch of teeth (upper and lower). Most people have a total of four wisdom teeth during their lifetime. They are the last teeth to erupt. They typically break through the gums during one’s late teens to early 20s. People often get their wisdom teeth removed during this time, although some have them removed later in adulthood. When you consult the oral surgery team at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery, we’ll conduct a thorough examination and review your x-rays to determine whether your wisdom teeth require removal.
Reasons for removing the wisdom teeth
The two main reasons for removing the wisdom teeth are: These teeth are already causing complications, or there is a strong likelihood they will cause complications in the future. Wisdom teeth are prone to partial and full impaction. Partial impaction means the teeth can only partially erupt through the gums, and full means the entire tooth is trapped beneath the gum line.
An impacted wisdom tooth can result in recurrent oral infections or even an oral cyst, which can damage the integrity of the nearby tooth roots as well as the jawbone itself. Other potential complications can include the following:
- Increased risk of tooth decay
- Increased risk of gum disease
- Crowding/damage to nearby teeth
- Mouth pain
- Sinus pain
- Bite misalignment
Maintaining patient comfort during wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom tooth complications can be quite painful. In contrast, the removal can be performed without any pain, thanks to anesthesia. The oral surgery team at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery is fully trained and licensed in the use of general anesthesia. Our team monitors the patient’s vital signs continuously to ensure safety. With this level of anesthesia, patients are completely asleep during the procedure, which typically takes an hour or less.
Another way to improve your comfort level is to have the procedure done earlier in life. Our oral maxillofacial surgeons recommend evaluating every 16-year-old for potential wisdom tooth complications. Getting these teeth extracted earlier in life reduces the risk of painful complications. In addition, it has been well-established that the earlier in life this procedure is performed, the easier the recovery.
Your healthy recovery from wisdom teeth extraction
You’ll be able to return home the same day of your wisdom tooth procedure. Most patients, particularly younger ones, recover within one week. You’ll be sent home with instructions for taking pain relievers to improve your comfort level. The oral maxillofacial surgeons at our office recommend applying an ice pack to the exterior of the jaw for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Ice is particularly helpful in reducing swelling and pain during the first two to three days.
Be sure to follow all instructions we provide, including avoiding the use of straws (this can disturb the blood clot). In addition, please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly team if you have any post-op questions or concerns.
Schedule a consult for wisdom teeth removal in Langley, PA
It’s important to see a highly trained oral surgeon for your wisdom teeth removal in Langhorne, PA, given the potential for complications and the need for anesthesia. The health and safety of our patients are our highest priorities here at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery. During your consult, our experienced oral surgeon will ensure you are fully informed about the procedure and how best to support your healthy recovery. Schedule your appointment with our friendly staff today.