June 20, 2020
It’s a story you’ve probably heard plenty of times: all too often, wisdom teeth don’t come in correctly and must be removed. Such extractions are necessary if you want to prevent the pain and dental damage that an impacted tooth can cause. However, since most people have four wisdom teeth, it begs the question: should you have them all extracted during the same procedure, or should you schedule a separate visit for each tooth? Read on to learn everything you’ll need to know before planning your wisdom teeth removal in Denver.
Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to Be Removed?
The first thing you need to consider is whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed at all. Believe it or not, there are examples of people being able to keep their third molars without a problem. Of course, for this to be the case, there needs to be plenty of room in your mouth, and you have to be able to keep all of your hard-to-reach teeth clean. Otherwise, if the wisdom teeth becomes trapped under the gums or starts to damage your other teeth (such as by pushing into their roots and damaging them), they’ll most likely have to be extracted. Odds are if there wasn’t enough room in your mouth for one wisdom tooth, the rest will most likely have to be removed as well.
How Will You Know If It’s Time for an Extraction?
Persistent pain and swollen gums usually point to a need for wisdom tooth extraction. Your oral surgeon in Denver can examine your jaw and take X-rays to see how many wisdom teeth are currently impacted. It’s also often possible to predict whether extraction will be required before anything actually goes wrong.
What are the Advantages to Having All of Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted at Once?
Generally speaking, it’s recommended all four of your wisdom teeth removed during the same procedure. There are multiple reasons for this:
- It reduces the total number of surgeries you have to undergo. That means fewer appointments and less time spent overall recovering.
- It’s much more cost effective to have four wisdom teeth extracted during one surgery than it is to have them removed at four different surgeries.
- The longer your wisdom teeth remain in your mouth, the greater your risk of serious oral health complications becomes. It always pays to take the initiative when it comes to dental care.
A consultation with your oral surgeon is the most reliable way to determine your best path forward when it comes to wisdom tooth extraction. If you or someone in your family is around the age where wisdom teeth normally come in (17 to 25), schedule an appointment in the near future and start thinking about the best way to go about the extraction process. Remember that if you have them all removed at once, you won’t have to worry about additional pain and inconvenience in the future!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Fangman completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Today at his Denver practice, Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery, he enjoys helping patients enjoy better, healthier smiles with a variety of surgeries, including wisdom tooth removal. To schedule a consultation or ask if you might need an extraction in the near future, visit his website or call (720) 328-4990.
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