If you are a teen or young adult, you may need to remove your wisdom teeth. Typically, dentists and oral surgeons recommend that you remove your wisdom teeth around sixteen years old. This is because after age twenty, the last molar’s root is more developed and can lead to complications during the surgery. If you still have your wisdom teeth and you are unsure if they need to be removed, contact Dr. Wolnaik at Prairie Fields Dentistry, today! A few reasons for removing wisdom teeth include impaction, misalignment, gum disease, or limited room. Below are a few key considerations for before, during, and after your wisdom tooth extraction.
In your exam consultation, Dr. Wolnaik and his team will review the treatment plan and procedure details. If you have specific concerns, take medication, or have health problems, express them to the dental team at this time. Remember to take-off appropriate time from work or school and plan for someone to drive you home from the procedure.
Surgery is a quick procedure, typically taking about 45 minutes. Dr. Wolnaik and his team will use a local, an IV sedation, and or a general anesthetic during the operation for your comfort.
Depending on the type of amnesia Dr. Wolnaik and his team used, you may not be able to drive home. Usually, patients experience minimal pain and mild discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Remember to stay hydrated, eat soft foods, carefully exercise your jaw, and take medication as prescribed.
Deciding to remove your wisdom teeth dan be a big decision. However, it may be necessary for your oral health. If you are experiencing oral pain or discomfort you may need to remove your wisdom teeth. For more information or to schedule a consultation call Dr. Wolnaik at Prairie Fields Dentistry, today!