Information for Parents & Teens
About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the third (and last) set of molars to grow in your jaw. They typically do not have enough room to grow properly in the mouth, so they often end up growing in sideways or not erupting at all!
Why We Remove Wisdom Teeth
Many people are intimidated by the process of having their wisdom teeth removed, and wonder, “Why do we have to remove them at all?” Because they don’t fit well in the mouth, wisdom teeth can cause serious problems, such as infection, nerve damage, and even cysts and tumors. This is why, for most people, it is important to remove the wisdom teeth while they are still young.
17-25: Wisdom Teeth’s Window of Opportunity
Between the ages of 17 and 25, the roots of the wisdom teeth have not fully developed and the jaw is still easy to work with, making this the ideal time to remove wisdom teeth. You will have a quick recovery and less chance of complications by having yours removed when you are young.
Does wisdom teeth surgery hurt?
The surgery itself is pain-free. Your mouth will be numb and you will probably be too sleepy from sedation to even remember the surgery later on. After surgery, you will likely have some soreness for a few days. You will want to take your pain medication as prescribed to minimize pain.
Choosing an Oral Surgeon for your Child
Oral surgeons have extensive training and experience (beyond dental school) in anesthesia and in complex tooth extractions such as wisdom teeth removal. At Geisler Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our friendly team is 100% dedicated to making your teen’s wisdom teeth procedure safe and comfortable. We will discuss anesthesia, medication and any other concerns you may have at your consultation appointment.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost
The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed is dependent on several factors, including the positioning of the teeth, the number of teeth we are extracting, and the level of impaction. We will discuss costs specific to your case at your consultation appointment so that you know what to expect ahead of time.
Complications of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Any surgery has risks, however, the removal of wisdom teeth has been so thoroughly tested over the years that we are very good at minimizing risk. Possible complications, although very rare, include nerve injuries, fracture, infection, dry socket, and injury to the joint.
We are committed to making your child’s wisdom teeth procedure a positive one. Please call our team today at Lake Grove Office Phone Number 503-534-0114 to schedule your consultation!
To read more about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
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