While not everyone develops wisdom teeth, most people get them between the ages of 17 and 21. And while some people never experience any trouble from their wisdom teeth, this is the exception to the rule. For most patients, wisdom teeth can cause problems and are best removed.
Wisdom teeth removal is an incredibly common oral procedure that is a safe and important step toward optimal health. Our doctors have 35 years of collective experience providing wisdom teeth removal surgeries to patients in the Mason City, IA area. If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed and your wisdom teeth are causing you discomfort, it may be time to schedule an appointment.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
The wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are typically the last four teeth to emerge. Most people simply do not have jaws large enough to fit these extra teeth. As such, the wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means they remain partially or totally buried in the gum tissue. This can contribute to pain, crowding, damage to surrounding teeth, an increased risk of infection, and more.
Because of these potential oral health hazards, the best way to deal with wisdom teeth is usually to have them removed preemptively. Most dentists recommend having the wisdom teeth removed as early as possible, which helps to ensure a smooth and uncomplicated procedure and an easier recovery.
Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Wisdom teeth removal is usually seen as a preemptive treatment. It is an important way to preserve your oral health and prevent more serious complications from developing down the road. Some of the most common complications that can result from wisdom teeth include:
- Discomfort and sensitivity around the impacted teeth
- Infection in and around the gums
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Cysts around the jawbone
How Wisdom Teeth Removal Works
When you first come to our practice to discuss wisdom teeth removal, we will provide a full consultation with one of our doctors. Your doctor will perform a physical evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw and review any medical images your dentist provides. Some additional images will be taken as needed, including 3D scans. Based on this data, your doctor will confirm your need for a wisdom teeth removal procedure and go over the details of your treatment plan.
The initial consultation is a great time to ask questions about the procedure or the recovery. Additionally, your doctor will go over different sedation options, providing you with plenty of peace of mind for a safe, comfortable procedure.
The nature of the wisdom tooth removal itself can vary depending on the position of the tooth, the number of teeth being removed, and whether those teeth are impacted. Wisdom teeth removal is usually a simple and pain-free in-office procedure. Following your wisdom teeth removal surgery, you will be discharged with full instructions for aftercare.
While it is normal to experience a little discomfort once your anesthesia wears off, most patients can manage their pain very easily with over-the-counter options such as ibuprofen. Prescription painkillers are available as needed, but most patients do not require them. There may also be some swelling over the first 48 hours of recovery, but this will subside on its own. Ice packs may be used to control swelling.
You’re in Good Hands with North Iowa Oral Surgery
Wisdom teeth removal is a very commonplace procedure, and with the right oral surgeon, it can be extremely safe, painless, and straightforward. If you are ready to learn more about wisdom teeth removal in Mason City, IA, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at (641) 424-1656.