Wisdom Teeth Removal

As a dental professionals, we understand that parents are often concerned about their child’s wisdom teeth and whether or not they need to be removed. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. For many people, wisdom teeth can cause pain, discomfort, and even damage to adjacent teeth. This is why wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure.

The extraction of wisdom teeth is a safe and routine procedure that can be done in the dental office or in an outpatient surgical center. The process involves numbing the area with a local anesthetic, followed by the removal of the tooth or teeth. In some cases, sedation may be used to make the procedure more comfortable.

Before the procedure, your child’s dentist or oral surgeon will discuss the treatment plan, as well as any pre-operative instructions. This may include fasting for a certain amount of time before the procedure or taking antibiotics if there is an infection present. It is important to follow these instructions closely to ensure a smooth and successful procedure.

During the procedure, your child may feel some pressure or discomfort as the tooth is being extracted. However, this is normal and should subside once the tooth has been removed. After the procedure, your child will need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for a few days. They may also experience some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with pain relievers and ice packs.

It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your child’s dentist or oral surgeon. This may include rinsing the mouth with saltwater, avoiding hard or crunchy foods, and avoiding smoking or using straws. Your child should also continue to brush and floss their teeth as normal, being careful to avoid the extraction site.

In most cases, wisdom teeth removal is a routine and safe procedure that can help prevent future dental problems. However, there are some risks associated with the procedure, such as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. Your child’s provider will discuss these risks with you before the procedure.

If you are concerned about your child’s wisdom teeth, contact us for any questions you may have regarding it. We can evaluate your child’s teeth and recommend the best course of action. Remember, regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene habits can help prevent dental problems in the future.