Did you know that the golden age of intelligence is between 16 and 21? Believe it? Yeah, me neither! This comes from the term WISDOM tooth. Wisdom teeth typically erupt between 16 and 21 years of age, thus forming this theory of intelligence.
Let’s take a little time to explain what all is going on with your wisdom teeth and how to tell if it is time to get them out.
When teens and young adults are in for their yearly cleanings and exams the dentist will evaluate the presence of wisdom teeth.
Specifically, the dentist is looking for the following things in order to make a decision as to what needs to be done with these teeth.
The position of the teeth are in – meaning, what does the tooth look like in the mouth? Is it tilting forward, backward, etc? Depending on the position, it is possible that the tooth or teeth won’t need to be extracted.
The stage of development of the teeth. This could be as simple as the tooth isn’t erupting at all so the dentist would continue to monitor the growth, or it is 75% in and we know what needs to be done.
Any signs of pain, swelling, or discomfort with the patient. The dentist will work with the patient to alleviate any of these symptoms through treatment.
Let’s say you meet all the requirements to need these teeth extracted, a common question we receive at Wasilla Dental Center is,
"Can I get them out here, or do I have to go to an oral surgeon?”
And the answer is yes, you can get them out here. More often than not we can remove the wisdom teeth here in our office.
Now, on to the part that can cause anxiety among patients. What should I expect? The process of extracting wisdom teeth is one that can be challenging and at WDC we have worked to bring our patients conscious sedation as an option during procedures such as these.
Conscious sedation is a combination of oral medications taken before the procedure that work as a tool to make the appointment one that you will remember very little or nothing at all about. Patients who are under conscious sedation are in a very relaxed, comfortable state for the duration of the procedure.
At Wasilla Dental Center we strive to exceed all of our patients needs and by using conscious sedation we are able to offer wisdom tooth extractions in a setting very similar to that of an oral surgeon.
If you need more information or are ready to set up a consultation please call us today at 376-5315.