Your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, typically develop between the ages of 17 and 25. Our doctors in Litchfield, IL, recommend having these molars removed because they offer little value to your oral function and are instead known to cause a variety of health problems. When you visit our office, one of our oral surgeons can examine your mouth, determine the number of teeth requiring removal, and develop a personalized treatment plan.
Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
The most common question patients and parents of patients ask is why wisdom teeth need to be removed, especially if no symptoms have arisen. The answer varies for every patient. Third molar growth can be relatively unpredictable; while most people who develop wisdom teeth have four, some patients have more than four, and some have only one, two, or three. Regardless of how many molars emerge, however, it’s always possible for oral health problems to develop as a result. Removing the teeth early can prevent these issues from worsening or arising in the first place. The most common reasons we recommend extracting wisdom teeth include
- Prevention. Even though symptoms are not always present when patients visit our office, we suggest removing the molars to prevent symptoms from ever appearing. Having the teeth extracted allows patients to avoid the complications often associated with third molars.
- Impaction. One of the most common issues wisdom teeth encounter is impaction. When they grow in at an improper angle, they often become stuck below the gums (impacted). Impaction can then lead to infection, cysts, tumors, and more. Removing impacted teeth can rectify or prevent these problems.
- Lack of space. The average mouth is typically too small to accommodate the proper growth of third molars. When the teeth can’t grow in correctly, they can damage nearby tooth roots, cause dental crowding, and more. Removing the teeth early helps patients avoid these issues.
Every patient’s condition is unique, which means that every procedure is also. When you visit our office for your consultation, we take the time to get to know you and thoroughly examine your condition so we can develop a personalized treatment plan. Factors such as the number of teeth, the position of the teeth, their stage of development, and their level of impaction can all affect the procedure process.
In addition to performing a thorough exam, we will also discuss your options for anesthesia, answer all your questions, and provide you with pre- and post-operative instructions at your consultation appointment. When you return home, you will need to closely review these instructions to ensure you are prepared for your procedure and recovery.
When you return to the office for your surgical appointment, a member of our team will lead you to the procedure room, and we will administer your sedation. Once it has taken effect, your doctor will carefully open the gums and extract the molars, sometimes breaking them into pieces to make removal easier. After all the teeth have been removed and your gums have been stitched up, we will wait for your sedation to wear off before sending you home with a responsible adult. Adhering to your instructions will help ensure a speedy and comfortable recovery.
Wisdom Teeth in Litchfield, IL
If you have experienced any symptoms of wisdom teeth growth, such as discomfort in the back of the mouth or persistent bad breath, please contact our Litchfield office. Our doctors can examine your mouth and determine the best course of treatment.