The Facts About Wisdom Teeth

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The Facts About Wisdom Teeth

The final molars a person will grow are called wisdom teeth. Most people get their wisdom teeth in their teens or early to mid-twenties, but they can come in later; hence the name “wisdom teeth.” Some people never get their wisdom teeth. This does not necessarily mean there is a problem. Many people have no problems with wisdom teeth when they come in, yet others incur crowding problems from improper positioning.

Improper positioning of wisdom teeth may require oral surgery. Wisdom tooth removal can also be needed if one of the wisdom teeth does not come in at all due to being impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth, one that is trapped underneath the bone and gum area, can be fully impacted or partially impacted, but both require attention so that other problems do not occur. Wisdom tooth removal helps alleviate pain that a patient may have. Removal of the problematic wisdom tooth can also prevent tumors, cysts, infections, and other types of damage.

An oral surgeon will evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth to determine if removal is absolutely necessary. Sometimes the wisdom tooth removal surgery is done as a preventative measure if the oral surgeon has followed the growth over a period of time and sees damage is imminent. Your family dentist will consult with the oral surgeon from start to finish to ensure that the process goes as expected. Healing time is generally quick as long as the patient follows the oral surgeon’s directions post-surgery. Wisdom tooth removal is a common oral surgery, so complications are few and rare.

Dr. Daniel Nielson of Great Plains Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, PA can answer any questions you may have about your wisdom teeth. Please visit GPOMS’s contact page or call 913.780.3100 Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., or Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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