The third and final set of molars erupt much later than the other teeth – usually during the late teenage years or early twenties. Due to the lack of space, they may push on the nearby teeth, be angled incorrectly, or become trapped under the gums. More often than not, this means they need to be removed. Dr. Volker can monitor the development of the wisdom teeth and, if necessary, extract them. Call DentCare Dental Center today if you think you or your child’s wisdom teeth need to be removed soon.
Wisdom teeth that erupt safely can often be kept. However, if they cause – or could potentially cause – any of the issues listed below, it’s better to take them out of the mouth as soon as possible:
Before the surgery, we’ll discuss any health problems you have, any medication you might be taking, and anything else you’ll have to do to prepare for the procedure. On the day of the extraction, we’ll numb your mouth and make any necessary incisions in the gums or bone to access the teeth. The teeth can often be removed whole, but in some situations, we’ll need to take them out in sections. After the surgery, you can expect swelling and mild discomfort to last for about three days; make sure you have plenty of soft foods to eat during recovery.