Everything You Want to Know About: Wisdom Teeth

Everything you want to know about: WISDOM TEETH

What are wisdom teeth?

                Also called third molars, most people have four, but some have fewer or even none. A dental x-ray can answer this question for you during exam. These teeth are the last molars on each side of your upper and lower jaws. If they appear they are typically seen late teens or early twenties.


Do you need wisdom teeth removed?

                Age is used as a guideline in terms of when the teeth can be expected to fully mature, and then the final recommendation will be based upon your oral surgeon’s professional opinion.  According to an article in Inside Dentistry, “The NIH study found that the lowest morbidity was associated with third molar removal in patients aged 15 to 25 or when the roots are two-thirds formed. Not all wisdom teeth require removal, the ADA says that, “wisdom teeth may need to be removed if changes in the mouth such as: pain, infection, cysts, tumors, damage to neighboring teeth, gum disease”, and sometimes orthodontics.  If you have pain or signs of infection, see a dentist immediately.


Is wisdom teeth removal painful?

Removing wisdom teeth is a type of oral surgery.  While performing the procedure your dentist will commonly use general anesthesia or local anesthesia to make the patient as comfortable as possible.  Pain and some discomfort are a part of the process.  After your teeth are removed recovery time begins.  Your dentist will likely prescribe medicines to help with pain postoperatively (Colgate).


Risks of wisdom teeth removal?

Infection, bleeding, complications from anesthesia, dry socket,  nerve damage including numbness,  damage to neighboring teeth or other dental work,  fractures to the jaw, root or bone splinters left behind, As with all surgical procedures, there are potential risks linked with extracting wisdom teeth. These comprise of issues like delayed healing or infection, both of which are possible to occur especially when the patient smokes at the time of recovery. 


Cost of wisdom teeth removal?

According to the average cost for removing four wisdom teeth using general anesthetic runs around $1,500-$2,300, and it can be $2,500-$3,000 for extremely complex cases in high-cost regions, with oral surgeons typically charging higher fees than general dentists.