Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to erupt from the gums. They typically appear between the ages of 17 and 25.
Wisdom teeth usually develop in the back of the mouth. They may cause discomfort or pain due to their location. Because of this, surgeons often recommend having wisdom teeth removed.
When might you need to remove wisdom teeth?
If wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they are blocked from erupting from the gums, they can bring a number of oral health problems. Wisdom teeth are often impacted because there simply is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate them. The wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to erupt, so there may not be room left for them.
How is a wisdom tooth removed?
A wisdom tooth can be pulled either surgically or non-surgically. Surgically, removing a wisdom tooth requires an incision in the gums, and the tooth is loosened from the bone before being pulled. A wisdom tooth that is removed non-surgically is typically removed using an instrument known as an elevator. Your dentist will also consider your dental history and the alignment of your teeth to determine whether or not wisdom teeth should be removed.
Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth grow straight and aren’t causing you any pain, your dentist may recommend just monitoring them during your regular dental exams.
Post-op Instructions After a Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
We will provide you with a detailed list of post-operative instructions following your procedure. This information will include how you should care for your mouth following your surgery, necessary medications, and when you should schedule a follow-up appointment.
Our dental team will work to keep your recovery process as smooth and quick as possible. Our dentists and dental team will take every precaution to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
If you wish to learn more about your wisdom teeth, call us at (317) 552-2101 and schedule an appointment to visit our dental practice in Indianapolis, IN. We will be happy to help you further.