If you are a teen or young adult, or if you are experiencing complications from your third molars, now is the time to consider wisdom teeth removal. This extremely common procedure is an important step toward optimal oral health for many people.
Baltimore wisdom teeth removal patients choose The Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants because we offer the expertise of surgeons in a dedicated surgical facility with the most advanced equipment available for optimal patient safety and comfort. Learn more about what to expect while you’re in our care.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Most people develop 32 permanent teeth over their lifetime. Typically, the last four teeth to erupt from the gums are the third molars, or “wisdom teeth.” These teeth normally emerge between the ages of 17 and 21, though they may emerge as early as age 11.
Patients may require wisdom teeth removal because the jaw is often not large enough to accommodate the third molars. As a result, these teeth can become “impacted”: embedded in gum tissue or bone beyond their normal eruption time.
The Maryland Center recommends wisdom teeth removal reaching adulthood for several reasons:
- As the teeth develop, the roots continue to grow longer and the jawbone becomes denser. This increases the difficulty and complexity of removing the teeth.
- The more established the wisdom teeth become, the more discomfort you may have following surgery.
- After age 30, people are much more likely to experience the problems associated with impacted teeth.
The Benefits of Baltimore Wisdom Teeth Removal
The main reason that you should consider extracting wisdom teeth is to avoid discomfort and oral health issues. These include:
- Pain and sensitivity around the impacted teeth.
- Infection in and around the gums.
- Damage to adjacent teeth.
- Cysts around the jawbone.
Wisdom teeth removal is more than just a healthy decision. It’s a way of preserving your smile. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause crowding, affect the alignment of your other teeth, and emerge at an incorrect angle from the gums. Extracting them before there’s a problem helps prevent these concerns.
AAOMS has recently published a White Paper supporting the value of wisdom teeth removal in patients at risk of developing disease. You can read the full report here.
How Wisdom Teeth Removal Works
During your initial consultation with The Maryland Center, we will:
- Conduct an examination and discuss the need for extracting your wisdom teeth.
- Review your options for anesthesia, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide analgesia (“laughing gas”), sedation, and general anesthesia. Our team wants to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible and completely pain-free during the surgery.
- Explain what you can expect during and after your procedure. We will also give you instructions to prepare for the day of your surgery.
Our Oral Surgeons perform wisdom teeth removal in an environment that prioritizes safety. Doctors with years of experience in anesthesia techniques monitor your procedure and employ modern surgical equipment. We will use treatment tailored to your needs, which may vary based on the position of your wisdom teeth, whether they are erupted or impacted, and the position of the tooth roots.
After your procedure, you will go home with post-operative instructions, which we will also have discussed beforehand. Our website also provides this information. Click here for detailed post-surgical instructions.
Some patients manage discomfort with ibuprofen, but we will also provide a prescription for pain medication and possibly a prescription for an antibiotic. Within about 48 hours, your swelling should decrease, and you should be progressing well in your recovery. Throughout your recuperation, we encourage you to contact our team with any questions or concerns.
Baltimore wisdom tooth removal patients: learn more by calling your local office of The Maryland Center for an initial consultation.