Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of molars to develop, often emerge in the back four corners of the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. Our office in Jacksonville, IL, typically recommends having third molars removed because of their unpredictable and potentially problematic growth. Most patients develop four wisdom teeth, but it’s possible to have fewer than or more than four. When the molars don’t have enough room to grow in properly, they’re known to cost a host of oral health issues.
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
We often get asked why wisdom teeth need to be removed, especially if a patient isn’t experiencing any pain or other problematic symptoms. While it’s true that not everyone needs their molars extracted, we strongly recommend early removal for a number of reasons. When you attend a consultation at our office, we can examine your condition and better explain the plan for your personalized treatment. Our oral surgeons are highly trained and experience in the removal of third molars. Some of the most common reasons we suggest early removal include
- Lack of space. On average, a person’s mouth is too small to adequately accommodate the development of wisdom teeth. If left to grow in without enough room, the molars can damage nearby teeth and cause other problems.
- Impaction. The size and location of third molars makes them incredibly susceptible to impaction (when teeth are stuck beneath the gums). Impacted molars are known to cause dental crowding, damage to nearby teeth, cysts, and more.
- Prevention. Though patients may not be experiencing symptoms when they come into our office, we often suggest having the molars removed to prevent symptoms or more serious problems from arising.
If you are suffering from discomfort in the back of your mouth, have persistent bad breath, or have been told by your dentist that you need your third molars removed, please contact our office in Jacksonville, IL. We can set up a consultation appointment, during which one of our oral surgeons will explain your condition and the intended plan for treatment.
The procedure process for third molar extractions differs with every patient and depends on several different factors. The number of molars needing removal, the position of the teeth, their stage of development, and whether they’re impacted can all affect the procedure process. We require a consultation appointment as the first step because it allows your oral surgeon to thoroughly examine your condition and come up with a detailed and individualized treatment plan.
After your consultation appointment, you will have time to properly prepare for surgery before returning for your surgical appointment. We will have provided you with instructions for your pre- and post-operative care, which you can review at home to ensure you understand what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. If any questions arise about these instructions, please feel free to contact our office at any time.
When you return for your surgery, a member of our team will bring you to the procedure room. We will administer your chosen form of anesthesia, and once it has taken affect, your oral surgeon will carefully open up the gums and remove the molars. In some cases, he may break the molars into smaller pieces to make the extraction (and subsequent recovery) easier. After your gums have been stitched up and your sedation has worn off, you can return home to recover with the help of your post-operative instructions.
Wisdom Teeth in Jacksonville, IL
If you have been feeling discomfort in the back of your mouth or noticed other signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed, please contact our Jacksonville, IL, office. Our doctors will perform a thorough exam and provide you with a detailed plan and high-quality treatment.