Do you have a teenager who has wisdom teeth coming in? Or maybe you’re an adult and you’re wondering if you are supposed to have your wisdom teeth removed, even though they aren’t even bothering you. Read on for some information about your wisdom teeth and how they can affect you and your other teeth.
What you need to know about wisdom teeth
If you can tell that you have wisdom teeth coming in and are concerned you may have to have them pulled, you might want to know these wisdom teeth tidbits:
1. For most people, wisdom teeth start to come in between the ages of 17 and 25.
2. Some people have wisdom teeth that come in fine and don’t cause any problems at all. However, for most people wisdom teeth can cause problems, since they are growing into an already crowded mouth. They can cause problems when they grow in at an angle, pushing against other teeth. This can mean future issues keeping your teeth clean and future problems with your bite and jaw.
3. Your dentist will be able to tell, based on how they are coming in, if your wisdom teeth will cause problems and may recommend you have them removed. He or she may be able to do this, or you may be sent to an oral surgeon.
4. You can choose to be sedated so that you don’t feel a thing during your surgery.
5. If the teeth are still under the gums, a small incision will be made to remove them. The tooth may have to be cut into smaller pieces in order to remove it, in some cases.
6. Self-dissolving stitches will be used to close up the wound, which will dissolve on their own within 10 days.
7. You may have to take antibiotics after the surgery.
Having teeth pulled isn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but in the end you will benefit from having your wisdom teeth removed. If you have noticed that your wisdom teeth are coming in, schedule an appointment with the Konig Center for Cosmetic and Comprehensive Dentistry. Call the office in Houston, Texas, at (713) 668-2289 today!