Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop in your mouth. These teeth, or third molars, appear around the ages of 18 to 22 – often referred to as the “Age of Wisdom”. Sometimes the teeth may not need to be extracted if they are functional, pain free, or disease free. But many times the wisdom teeth become “impacted” because the teeth aren’t able to break through the gums and can cause damage to other teeth.
The best time to remove wisdom teeth is between the ages of 18 – 22 as the roots are about two-thirds formed. After the age of 35, the risk of complications and longer recovery times are much greater than those who are in their late teens to early twenties. For our adult patients, extra care is taken when diagnosing if surgery is necessary or to continue observation. Techniques and expertise, along with occasional use of regenerative materials, help to promote optimal healing in our adult patients.
Dr. Begley and Dr. Sheets will be happy to help you evaluate and determine the best course of action to fit your needs. Most patients elect to have all of their wisdom teeth removed at once based on the nature of the extractions, whether they are undergoing general anesthesia and the anticipated amount of recovery time involved.
After your initial consultation, Dr. Begley and Dr. Sheets will recommend the most favorable option. There are many factors to consider that play a role in the type of anesthesia that is recommended. These include the position of the teeth, the number of teeth, the level of impaction, the complexity of the procedure, the patient’s anatomy (size of mouth and jaw), level of anxiety, and medical health, among other factors. Above all, at the Center for Oral Surgery, we promote a comfortable and caring office where patients will receive the personalized attention they need to help them feel at ease. When it comes to wisdom teeth, we get that most people want to be unaware of the surgery, and therefore we provide anesthesia and sedation options to fit those needs.