Even if wisdom teeth are not causing pain, it is wise to have them examined by your dentist. Most people lack adequate space in their jaw for their wisdom teeth to come in properly. When they erupt sideways or “impacted,” they can cause damage to the adjacent molars. If wisdom teeth only partially erupt into position and stay covered with a flap of gum tissue, they can be difficult to clean and prone to infection. At Lee Dental Centers, we never want our patients to have a dental emergency, so we do everything we can to help you take charge of your treatment timeline. We urge you to plan ahead for your wisdom tooth extraction and allow time in your schedule for a proper, pampered healing.
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Wisdom Teeth Extractions
When is the best time to have my wisdom teeth evaluated for extraction?
Wisdom teeth can be removed at any age, but generally between the ages of 16 and 21 when the roots are not as well developed. Individuals will differ in how their wisdom teeth are positioned and in the general development of these teeth. An evaluation by your dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon is helpful in deciding the ideal time to have these teeth removed.
Can I be sedated for wisdom tooth removal?
Most patients desire to be sedated for this procedure. Impacted teeth generally require a small incision in the gums to expose the tooth plus the removal of a small amount of bone in the area, which can be uncomfortable. We perform intravenous sedation in the office to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure. The procedure generally lasts about 45 minutes.
How much recovery time will I need after wisdom tooth removal?
Every patient is different, but most can return to work or school within 48 to 72 hours. Patients will generally receive a non-steroidal pain medication, as well as a small amount of narcotic pain medication for use after the procedure.