Is your teen complaining about a persistent pain towards the back of their jaw? If so, then it might be their wisdom teeth. These are usually the last set of teeth to come in, and often, they become impacted or stuck. This can cause the aforementioned pain, teeth crowding, and they can even develop an infection that reaches all the way down to the jawbone. The team at Infinity Dental Care is happy and able to remove these teeth to restore your child’s oral health, plus we’ll save you the trouble of visiting an outside specialist. Is it time for your child’s wisdom teeth to come out? Give us a call today to learn more.
Wisdom teeth removal can be a sort of rite of passage for many young adults. Before you bring your teen to us to have this procedure, however, you might like to know more about it and how we approach it. That is why we have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions. If you don’t see the information you were hoping for, you are more than welcome to give us a call.
No, not everyone needs to get their wisdom teeth removed. For some people, this third set of molars can erupt without any problem and serve as a functional part of an individual’s smile. As your dentist in Hillsboro, we’ll closely monitor your wisdom teeth and will let you know if we believe removal would be the best course of action. Some people whose wisdom teeth are not currently causing any problems choose to get them removed as a purely precautionary measure.
If the wisdom teeth are impacted, we may need to create an incision in the gums to access them. It is also possible that we will have to break the teeth into pieces in order to remove them with minimal damage to nearby tissues. Don’t worry — thanks to local anesthesia and possible sedation, you should feel little to nothing during the procedure.
Most people feel well-recovered after about 7 – 10 days. You can make sure your recovery is smooth by following postoperative instructions. For example, we may prescribe antibiotics and urge you to avoid activities that might hinder the healing process. Such activities include smoking, drinking through a straw, and eating crunchy foods.
Most people get their wisdom teeth removed when they are in their late teens or early 20s. However, every case is different. Some people might get their wisdom teeth removed fairly early in life — soon after the teeth develop. Others might get them removed when they are in their 30s, 40s, or even older. Keep in mind, though, that wisdom tooth removal is generally a more complex procedure for older adults than it is for young adults. This is due to the fact that adults’ bones tend to be harder and recover slower from surgery.
In most cases, dental insurance does cover the removal of the wisdom teeth. It is usually considered a “major procedure,” which means that you may be responsible for about half the cost of the treatment. Our team will be happy to help you figure out the specifics of how your insurance policy applies.