Deciding when and how to get your wisdom teeth removed is a decision that the vast majority of people have to make at some point. Dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal to nearly 80% of patients according to recent studies. The practice of getting these teeth out of your mouth is now a standard procedure, but each patient has some input on the number of surgeries and the recovery time following the surgery.
It's Better to Take Out All Wisdom Teeth at the Same Time
Once you decide to undergo wisdom teeth surgery, one of the first decisions you'll have to make is whether you want to remove all four teeth at the same time or just to have the ones causing you pain. While it's understandable to only want to get the teeth that are harming you taken out, it is smarter in the long term to choose the former option.
Sooner or later, wisdom teeth cause issues for most people. Even if they emerge from your gums without any problems, they can force the surrounding teeth to become misaligned, which leads to some discomfort and makes them harder to keep clean because they are so far back in your mouth. This raises your chances of developing gum disease, cavities, infection, or other problems.
If wisdom teeth aren't crowding the back of your mouth, then they could also become impacted. This refers to when the tooth fails to break through your gums and/or grow at an angle. Impacted wisdom teeth often lead to pain, swelling, and infections.
Some people don't feel the negative effects of wisdom teeth until their thirties, but it is much easier to recover post-surgery the younger you are. It's also more cost-effective to get all four teeth removed at once, so it's better for your body and your wallet to lose all four wisdom teeth at the same time.
Before your wisdom teeth extraction, your oral surgeon will perform a thorough oral examination to determine the size and position of the teeth. From there, they’ll recommend the best process for your specific surgery, including how many teeth to get removed and the best anesthetic option to get your surgery accomplished safely and comfortably.
Your Top-Rated Oral Surgeon in Boise at Boise Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common surgery, but any kind of surgery can make some people anxious about moving forward. Therefore, it's important to find an oral surgeon you can trust completely. Our team, led by Dr. Jeffrey Scott Bobst, works hard to treat each patient with the care and attention they deserve. Everyone has their own needs, so we will work with you to create a treatment plan, lead you through the post-op phase, and give you a comforting patient experience. We also offer a number of different procedures, such as bone grafting, dental implant placement, and facial trauma surgery.
We work with you to create a treatment and post-operative plan that makes the most sense for you. Be sure to contact us with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment or consultation. At Boise Oral Surgery, we are here for you each step of the way!