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Why Are Wisdom Teeth Called Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth get their name because this third set of molars usually emerges relatively late, between the ages of 17 and 25, when young adults are typically wiser than when they were children. Wisdom teeth surgery is a common dental procedure that involves removing this third set of molars. Oral surgeons encourage patients to undergo the procedure to avoid significant issues, including pain, discomfort, and oral dysfunction.

Innovative Oral Surgery removes wisdom teeth, one of our treatment specialties, in a relaxed and comfortable office environment. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff ensure that patients are completely at ease, no matter the procedure. Because we understand that many people experience anxiety about dental procedures, we provide information on our services to ensure your peace of mind.

When Do Wisdom Teeth Usually Emerge?

As noted, for most people, wisdom teeth first appear from age 17 to 25. However, some people develop their wisdom teeth earlier or later, and some individuals don’t get them at all. While they don’t serve a purpose now, wisdom teeth were once indispensable. People once used this third set of molars to chew tough foods like nuts and fibrous plants.

As diets evolved, humans no longer needed wisdom teeth, which means they’re now obsolete. However, developing third molars can lead to numerous oral health issues, so dentists often recommend removing wisdom teeth.

What Kind of Oral Issues Can Wisdom Teeth Cause?

As third molars emerge, they can contribute to the following oral problems:

  • Gum inflammation
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Mouth pain
  • Damage to the jaw bone
  • Increased cavity risk
  • Problems with sinuses

These problems result when wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they don’t have enough room to grow. In this case, an oral surgeon can remove them to avoid the above complications.

Do All People Need Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause symptoms. In fact, some might not even know they have this issue until their dentist tells them during a routine exam and X-ray. Many dentists still recommend wisdom teeth removal even if there aren’t any issues.

What Should You Expect During Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Remember that removing wisdom teeth is a common oral procedure. Most patients can expect the following:

  • Administration of local anesthesia and sedation to prevent discomfort during the procedure.
  • The oral surgeon will make an incision to access the impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth are removed, and the area is thoroughly cleaned.
  • While not always part of the procedure, surgeons sometimes use stitches to protect the surgery site.

Most people experience minimal pain after this procedure. Some swelling and minor discomfort may occur, but this can be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication. The oral surgeon will provide instructions on after-care, including what to eat and other considerations. By following these instructions, you can rest assured of a fast and easy recovery.

See the Difference Quality Oral Care Can Make

Thanks to our specialty in wisdom teeth removal, patients at Innovative Oral Surgery know that they’re in good hands. We go above and beyond to provide the ultimate patient experience while relieving pain and improving oral health. We have several state-of-the-art surgical suites, offer many anesthesia options, and use the latest techniques to minimize discomfort to ensure a comfortable experience.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services. We look forward to speaking with you.