Decoding Wisdom Teeth: Why Removal Matters and What to Expect

The Trials and Tribulations of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of adult teeth to show up in your mouth. They typically make their grand entrance during your teenage years or early twenties, starting their journey under your gums as early as ages 10 to 12. Hence, the name “wisdom teeth,” as they arrive around the time you’re supposedly becoming wiser.

These teeth hang out at the back of your mouth, behind your other molars. Most people have four of them—one in each corner—but some folks might have fewer, and in rare cases, some might have more. Our jaws have shrunk over time, though, so often there’s not enough room for these extra teeth. This lack of space can lead to issues like crowding, infections, or them getting stuck, which we call impaction.

Why Wisdom Teeth Removal Matters

So, why consider getting rid of these molars? At Siouxland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we recommend taking them out before they fully grow in because they can cause a whole bunch of trouble. Even if they seem okay at first, wisdom teeth can suddenly change direction and start causing issues. Removing them early can save you from future pain, problems, and even save you some money in the long run. Plus, if you get them out early, you might be able to store some cells for future medical needs.

There are plenty of good reasons to opt for wisdom teeth removal between the ages of 17 and 25. For starters, the procedure is smoother and recovery is quicker when the teeth are smaller and less developed. Plus, getting rid of them early can prevent all sorts of oral health problems down the road, including gum disease, tooth decay, and the risk of dry socket—a painful condition that occurs when the blood clot is dislodged from the extraction site. As much as we love seeing our patients at Siouxland Oral Surgery, we prioritize your oral health above all else.

What to Expect During Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you decide to go ahead with wisdom tooth removal, here’s what you can expect from Siouxland Oral: First, you’ll have a chat with your oral surgeon: Denis Miller, DDS, MBA, Louis George, DMD, or Jason Leet, DDS. They’ll take a good look at your mouth and might need to take some scans to see exactly what’s going on. Then, if it’s decided that your wisdom teeth need to go, they’ll work with you to come up with a plan. You’ll also talk about what kind of anesthesia you want and any questions you might have.

On the big day, you’ll get the anesthesia you chose, and then the procedure will begin. Depending on how far along your wisdom teeth are, the surgeon might need to lift your gum tissue to get to the tooth and clear away any bone or stuff in the way. Then, they’ll remove the tooth, maybe breaking it into pieces to make it easier. After that, they’ll sew up the spot where your tooth used to be, and you’ll hang out until the anesthesia wears off and you’re ready to go home.

Expert Oral Care in Sioux Falls, SD

At Siouxland Oral Surgery, our team knows all about wisdom teeth removal at any stage. We’re experts at making sure you’re comfortable during the procedure, and most people don’t even realize it’s started before it’s over. If you’re thinking about getting your wisdom teeth out, get in touch with us. We are located in Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Brookings, and Yankon and would be happy to chat with you and set up a time for you to come in and talk about your options.

In the end, understanding why it’s important to say goodbye to your wisdom teeth is key to keeping your mouth happy and healthy. By taking them out early, you can avoid a lot of potential problems and set yourself up for a lifetime of smiles.

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