A Guide for Parents and Patients
Wisdom Teeth Patients:
The removal of wisdom teeth is a very common procedure at North Shore Implant and Oral Surgery Associates, but we know it isn’t an everyday occurrence for you. Maybe just hearing the words “surgery” and “extraction” bring up some fears. Our doctors want you to know that wisdom teeth extractions in our office are safe, quick, and comfortable.
The Third Molars
We each get three sets of molars during our lifetime, and you probably don’t remember the arrival of the first molars around the age of six. Your second came around the age of 12. Now, you’re developing the third molars during the late teens or early twenties. You are becoming wiser and transitioning into adulthood, so we refer to the third molars as wisdom teeth.
Extraction: The Why
Your mouth was designed to hold 28 teeth, and by the time your wisdom teeth start to grow, those 28 slots are already filled, making it difficult for an additional 4 wisdom teeth to grow in properly. As a result, 9 out of 10 people find themselves with at least one impacted wisdom tooth that requires extraction. Even if your wisdom teeth come in properly positioned, they could quite easily become infected, and they would be at risk for cysts and tumors.
Timing is Everything
If you’re wondering why everyone your age seems to be having their wisdom teeth pulled, it’s because there is an optimal (yet fleeting) opportunity between the ages of 17-25 when the tooth roots haven’t fully formed yet. Once the roots have developed, however, the risk of damaging nearby nerves, bones and teeth is significantly higher.
Parents of Wisdom Teeth Patients:
The Best Oral Surgeon for your Child
Since we are oral surgery specialists with extensive training and experience, we are able to offer the best kind of wisdom teeth experience to our patients and their families. We walk with you every step of the way, gently guiding you as you make decisions, and pay extra attention to the most critical parts of your child’s care, including:
- Anesthesia – multiple options available
- Compassion and comfort – overall pleasant experience
- Contact information –home and after-hours care
- Surgical strategy – eliminating the need for invasive techniques
- Timing – smooth recovery
The Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your teen’s case is unique, so the cost depends on a variety of factors, ranging from positioning, level of impaction, number of teeth, etc. We look forward to discussing all costs with you upfront and helping you determine whether your insurance offers any benefits for the procedure.
The Cost of Waiting
Waiting to remove wisdom teeth can lead to many more expensive procedures in the long run, increasing the likelihood of problems and complications should they need to be removed down the road. Wisdom teeth that are left alone tend to cause problems, such as infection, pain, damage to neighboring teeth, and in rare circumstances, cysts and tumors.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some possible complications – nerve injuries, fractures and injury to the joint – associated with the extraction of the wisdom teeth, but they are very rare, and, if the surgery is performed at an early age, the risk is even lower.
If you have been putting off wisdom teeth surgery, give us a call today! Huntington Office Phone Number 631-427-7373 (Huntington) and Centereach Office Phone Number 631-737-2626 (Centereach) We can give you the calmest, safest, and most comfortable experience around!