Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth to grow in the mouth and usually reach full development by a patient’s early twenties. At Hill & Ioppolo Oral and Facial Surgeons of Lubbock, our oral surgeons specialize in extracting teeth and have years of training and experience. Not everybody needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but the best way to find out is to visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a consultation.
Our team in Lubbock, TX, can determine whether your wisdom teeth pose a risk to your oral health and if you need to have them removed. When wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to grow, they cause problems for the rest of your teeth and other structures in the mouth. Wisdom teeth removal is a simple procedure that can prevent problems from arising and preserve your overall oral health.
Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Everyone’s teeth grow and develop at different rates and can appear at any age, from the early teens to the early twenties. Wisdom teeth often don’t show any symptoms of development until they start causing problems. The best way to keep track of your wisdom teeth growth is to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist is trained to look for signs of wisdom teeth growth and can recommend you to our oral surgery office when it’s time for your removal procedure. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common surgeries performed by Dr. Steven J. Hill and Dr. Robert B. Ioppolo.
Wisdom Teeth Possible Complications
By taking the initiative and consulting with an oral surgeon about the current stage of your wisdom teeth, you are lowering your chances of oral infection, physical pain, and discomfort. Some of the risks involved with leaving the extra molars in place or waiting past the recommended time period for extraction include the following:
- Dental crowding, especially around the bottom front teeth, is common when wisdom teeth do not have enough space to grow in properly.
- Damage to adjacent teeth and their roots, which also causes discomfort.
- Tumors or even cysts can develop over time with molars that have already become impacted
- The tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth can become infected if not examined and extracted in a timely fashion.
Remember, not everyone has to have their wisdom teeth removed, but the only way to know if you do is to visit an expert. Many inconsistencies surround the growth of wisdom teeth, including the number of teeth that develop and the age they begin erupting, which means that every treatment is different. Our oral surgeons can thoroughly examine your mouth and discuss all the factors of treatment when you visit our office.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
The wisdom teeth procedure usually takes less than an hour, depending on the number of teeth that require removal. First, your surgeon will administer the appropriate anesthetic. Usually, a local numbing agent will be used to prevent pain in the area of surgery. When all four wisdom teeth need to be taken out, you may receive IV anesthesia, which lets you fall into a sleep-like state and prevents any pain during the procedure. Next, any overlying gum and bone tissue will be moved aside, and your surgeon will remove the tooth. Sometimes, the tooth will be removed in pieces, which creates a smaller surgical site and easier removal. Finally, your surgeon will suture the area of surgery, and you will rest until your anesthetic wears off. If you received IV anesthesia, a responsible adult must drive you home and monitor you until the sedation has worn off.
Wisdom Teeth Removals in Lubbock, Texas
When you come in for a consultation at our practice in Lubbock, TX, your surgeon will help you determine whether extraction is right for you. If your wisdom teeth are growing into a problematic position, your surgeon will help form a plan for your removal procedure. For more information about impacted wisdom teeth and other wisdom teeth questions, please browse our website or give our office a call. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you with any questions.