Most people get their wisdom teeth while in their late teens and early twenties, and more often than not, dentists recommend having these wisdom teeth removed. This standard procedure is safe and quick and can help you avoid much more severe oral health complications later. At Southern Dental Implants & Oral Surgery, our team has significant experience performing wisdom teeth removal, always emphasizing patient comfort and safety.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop. Most people get them between ages 17 and 21, though sometimes the wisdom teeth can develop as early as 11. The wisdom teeth can be problematic simply because the jaw is too small to accommodate them. When left in place, wisdom teeth can result in impaction, spacing and alignment issues, and other concerns. Having them removed is usually the most sensible solution.

Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed at an Early Age?

The risk you run by leaving your wisdom teeth in place is that they will become impacted, which means they remain trapped in gum tissue rather than erupting as normal. Impacted teeth can cause chronic discomfort, increase your risk of oral infection, develop cysts, and thwart the alignment of your other teeth.

Having your wisdom teeth removed in your late teens while the roots aren’t entirely formed can help you avoid these undesirable symptoms. Early removal typically results in a smoother process and a shorter recovery.

Recovery and Aftercare

Before we discharge you to return home, you will receive verbal and written instructions about caring for your wisdom teeth extraction sites. Specifically, you can anticipate sticking to a soft-food and liquid diet for a few days, shifting back to normal eating as you feel ready. Some pain and tenderness can be expected, but a multimodal pain management plan will be available to you.

For patients who have relatively low-impact jobs (such as office jobs), you will likely feel ready to resume work within a day or two. We recommend a few extra days if you have a more active and strenuous job.

Your doctor will call or text the day after your surgery to check up on you and address any questions you may have.

You’re in Good Hands with Us

Wisdom teeth removal is a common way to avoid long-term oral health problems. Schedule your wisdom teeth removal with Southern Dental Implants & Oral Surgery at (828) 358-1583.