Wisdom Teeth Removal in Kansas City
Wisdom teeth removal is necessary to protect mouths from crowding, infection, and tooth damage. It’s best to have them removed between the ages of 14-21 when the bone is still soft and recovery is quicker. We offer easy and anxiety-free wisdom teeth removal.
What are wisdom teeth?
After adult teeth come in, the third set of molars will start to appear. Typically, they will appear between the ages of 14-21, when a person is a little older and “wiser.”
These teeth served a purpose for our ancestors, but as our diets have changed and our jaws have evolved to be smaller, they now tend to cause problems when they come in.
Do wisdom teeth have to be removed?
Not everyone has wisdom teeth, and occasionally, some people have room for additional teeth to grow in. Every mouth is different.
Unfortunately, for many people, the appearance of their wisdom teeth is an unwelcome event. These additional molars are often a source of discomfort and oral health troubles.
Wisdom teeth can cause problems, such as:
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Increased risk of tooth decay, infections, or cysts
- Jaw pain
- Grow in mouth sideways
You may choose to avoid potential problems by having your wisdom teeth extracted when they first appear under your gums. It’s best to discuss your options with your dentist.
When should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Most choose to have their wisdom teeth removed as teenagers or young adults, typically between ages 17-25. By around age 18, the jaw is finished growing, so your dentist will have insight on if the newly emerging teeth will cause problems.
It’s essential to have teenagers evaluated for wisdom teeth removal surgery to prevent future oral health difficulties.
Teenagers and young adults benefit from having their wisdom teeth removal surgery early—their recovery times are much faster. Young people’s bone and root structure are not fully formed yet, making the surgery simple, healing faster, and stopping problems before they start.
However, if you are an adult with wisdom teeth trouble, you can still get them removed.
What should I expect from my wisdom teeth extraction?
Wisdom teeth extractions are an outpatient surgical procedure. In our office, Dr. Bill performs these procedures.
Before the surgery, patients will be given moderate sedation anesthesia through an IV. During the procedure, there is no pain, the patient will be comfortably asleep, and they will not remember the extraction.
During surgery, the dentist will make a small incision to remove the tooth, clean the area of debris, and sometimes stitch the area closed. They will then place gauze over the surgical site to help the blood clot.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy)
We utilize PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy during extractions and oral surgery to accelerate healing and recovery time. This treatment uses platelets drawn from a small quantity of your blood taken during the procedure. PRP is a safe and effective therapy that promotes faster tissue regeneration and reduces your chance of dry socket by 80%.
What will my wisdom teeth removal recovery be like?
Once the procedure is complete, a driver must take the patient home. During the first day or two post-surgery, it’s important to rest as much as possible and promote healing. If possible, take off a day or two from work or school.
After surgery, patients often experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding. We offer Exparel, which is a non-opioid anesthetic that lasts for several days. This will help dull pain and keep the surgical area numb during the first few days of healing.
For the first 24 hours, to protect the delicate blood clots, you should avoid:
- Brushing teeth near the surgical sites
- Swishing water or rinsing mouth
- Sucking on straws
- Smoking or drinking alcohol
- Drinking hot drinks like coffee or tea
- Eating anything that requires chewing
For the first week after surgery, only eat soft foods. After a week, most find that their jaw pain has dissipated, and they can resume most activities.
For many teens and young adults, wisdom teeth removal is a rite of passage. However, all oral health decisions should be made under the guidance of a skilled dentist. Give us a call or book an appointment to discuss your options for wisdom teeth removal.
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