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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Litchfield, IL

Prevent Oral Health Problems By Having Third Molars Extracted

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Litchfield, IL

Prevent Oral Health Problems By Having Third Molars Extracted

Your third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, typically develop between the ages of 17 and 25. Our oral surgeons in Litchfield, IL, recommend having these molars removed because they offer little value to your oral health and are known to cause a variety of problems. When you visit Oral & Facial Surgeons of Illinois, 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?

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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery

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. We will take 3D scans of your teeth and discuss your options for anesthesia and sedation. 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.

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 the anesthesia. IV sedation is most common for wisdom teeth removal surgery. Once it has taken effect, your surgeon will make a small incision in 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 sutured, 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.

You can find more common questions and answers on our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ page. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact us.

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.

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