Many people who develop a full set of adult teeth may be unaware that they have an additional set of molars developing in the far back of their mouth. These can remain under the surface of the gum that can cause significant problems. This third set of molars is better known as the wisdom teeth. If you do not receive regular examinations, you may not know that you have wisdom teeth until they become a problem, and you experience pain or infection. Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most common treatments performed by oral surgeons and is received by patients regularly.
When wisdom teeth grow beneath the gums and do not fully erupt, an X-ray must be taken to determine their presence. While these teeth have the potential to provide added value to the mouth by increasing its chewing and grinding power, they often do not grow into the mouth in a manner that allows people to benefit from them. Most people do not have enough room within their jaw bone for these teeth to grow in properly, thus causing problems for the rest of the teeth and overall oral health.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Patients with wisdom teeth are more susceptible to a variety of oral health problems, including
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and chronic pain in the mouth
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, and tooth decay
- Bad breath caused by periodontal disease
- Misalignment of healthy teeth
- Increased risk of tumor and cyst development, which can cause issues in healthy teeth and the jaw bone
At Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we recommend that the wisdom teeth be removed during the mid- to late teens. At this age, wisdom teeth roots have not fully developed making the extraction process easier and with less surgical risk. Younger patients are also more likely to experience a faster recovery after surgery.
Before wisdom teeth extraction, you will receive a thorough oral examination with Dr. Bobst to determine the position and size of the teeth. Dr. Bobst has been thoroughly trained to administer anesthesia, and our office offers multiple anesthetic options. We will provide you with the best anesthetic option to get your surgery accomplished safely and comfortably.
At Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we do everything in our power to make certain that you have a comfortable and rapid recovery following your surgery so that you achieve the optimum result from treatment. If you have any questions about the procedure, the causes or effects, or costs associated with wisdom teeth removal, please contact our office at 208-322-5522 or schedule an appointment for a consultation today.