As we age, the primary teeth we develop early in life are gradually replaced by permanent, adult teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last ones to grow in, or ‘erupt’, which usually happens between age 17 and 25. Ideally, a wisdom tooth eruption doesn’t cause any problems, but in some cases, there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to develop properly. In order to avoid issues like discomfort, gum disease, or tooth decay it can be best to have the wisdom teeth removed. At Chesterfield Dentistry we can perform quick, pain-free extractions. If you’re looking for an office near you to help with wisdom teeth removal, our experienced team can help.
If you develop impacted wisdom teeth, which may have erupted partially or failed to erupt, you’re at an increased risk for complications. If they come in at the wrong angle or the mouth is overcrowded it can make orthodontic treatments difficult. Since the gums may end up partially covering those teeth, they can become more prone to infection and periodontal disease. It’s best to get these problems resolved sooner rather than later since younger patients tend to recover more quickly. The extractions can be performed at any age, however.
Wisdom tooth surgery normally takes less than 45 minutes, and we take steps to make sure you don’t feel any pain during the extraction. A local anesthetic can help to numb the tooth and surrounding area. If you frequently experience dental stress we can also offer nitrous oxide sedation to make the procedure less stressful.
The recovery process can vary from patient to patient, and also depends on factors like age and how many teeth were extracted. Most people will want to plan for at least a couple of days to give themselves time to recover. During the recovery process, you may experience some light bleeding the first day after the surgery. Swelling and bruising can occur, but you’ll be prescribed medication that will help to manage pain. We’ll walk you through all the steps you need to take to avoid complications and ensure you can heal quickly and comfortably.