Having your wisdom teeth removed is a great investment in your oral health that can stave off a litany of problems and health conditions. Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure that involves surgery. Many times, an oral surgeon will remove all of a person’s wisdom teeth at once. This is because it is more convenient for a patient’s recovery and it makes sense to perform the removal of all wisdom teeth in one procedure. There are always exceptions but in most cases, a person will have their wisdom teeth taken out at once.
When should wisdom teeth be removed?
Wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as your dentist notices their arrival. Normally, the arrival of wisdom teeth is detected if patients schedule routine checkups. It is best to remove wisdom teeth as soon as possible because their removal can become more complicated as they become established. Moreover, the longer you have your wisdom teeth, the more likely you are to develop oral health problems associated with their retention.
What if my wisdom teeth aren’t bothering me?
You might be wondering why it is necessary to have teeth removed if you are not noticing common symptoms like headaches and facial pain. Even if you aren’t noticing symptoms with your wisdom teeth, having them removed is a wise decision because it is a precautionary measure that can prevent periodontal disease, malocclusions, tooth decay, TMJ disorder, and daily discomfort like orofacial pain and headaches.
Why see a specialist for tooth extractions?
A dentist will often refer patients to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for tooth extractions—especially complex cases or those whose wisdom teeth need to come out. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist with advanced training to perform procedures like bone grafts, jaw surgery, and tooth extractions. An oral surgeon has the knowledge and experience to remove wisdom teeth without causing trauma to neighboring tissue.
If you dentist has referred you to our practice for wisdom teeth removal, call our office to reserve a consultation with one of our skilled oral surgeons.