Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.
The average adult human mouth has evolved to comfortably hold 28 teeth; however, many adults still end up with 32 teeth. These additional four teeth are the wisdom teeth, or the third molars. They are called the wisdom teeth because they appear at an age when you mature into adulthood. Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.
Since the human jaw has become smaller throughout evolutionary history, if wisdom teeth do form, they often remain impacted, or blocked, by the other teeth. If the tooth does partially erupt food can easily get trapped in the gum tissue surrounding it, which will lead to bacteria growth and an infection. We strongly encourage that your child in their mid-teenage years undergoes an evaluation at Brechon Dental.
The team at Brechon Dental will embrace you as family. Being family owned for over two generations, we extend our compassion and caring concerns to all patients of all ages. We are proud to provide a wide range of dental services and have a commitment to providing these services in a manner that you become educated and comfortable with the care you are receiving, confident that we are implementing advanced technology to provide you with cutting edge services, all provided in a comfortable and caring environment. Located at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008, we enjoy serving the entire community and the surrounding areas. Simply call 815-491-8032 with any dental questions or concerns and schedule your appointment today for anyone in your family that may need to consider a wisdom teeth removal.
Brechon Dental often recommends that their patients remove wisdom teeth when they are young adults, to prevent future problems and to ensure optimal healing. If you have wisdom teeth removed after the age of 35 you will have a higher risk for any complications, harder surgeries, and longer healing times than if you got them removed in your late teens or early 20’s. The best time to get the wisdom teeth removed is when the roots are not totally formed, which is between the ages of 15 to 18.
If you are an adult patient, we will take extra care to determine whether to recommend surgery or to just continue observation until an intervention is necessary. When we treat adult patients, we utilize special expertise and techniques and regenerative materials to promote your optimal healing.
Are You a Candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Only a few people develop wisdom teeth that function as every other tooth in the mouth. Most people today will experience misalignment or impaction with the wisdom teeth. Impaction means the wisdom tooth is blocked in a bad position due to lack of space. An exam at Brechon Dental plus a diagnostic x-ray or CT will reveal any potential problem with the position of your wisdom teeth.
Impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth create an area that is impossible to clean. This will result in an unhealthy condition creating infection, cavities, pain and damage to the adjacent teeth and bone. Wisdom teeth that do not erupt will also lead to oral problems, such as the crowding or displacement of the permanent teeth. A cyst, a fluid filled sac, can form in the soft tissue surrounding the impacted wisdom tooth. These cysts can also lead to bone destruction or damage to the surrounding teeth.
Proper Care After Wisdom Teeth Removal
If your wisdom teeth removal requires sutures, they are usually the type that will dissolve in 3 to 5 days and do not require removal. You may notice a sensation that your gums are feeling swollen and pulling away from your teeth. This is part of a normal recovery and will subside in a few days.
Once the local anesthesia wears off, you may require prescription pain medication. Please try over-the-counter pain relievers first, to see if that adequately addresses your discomfort. We will recommend starting your post-operative diet with clear liquids such as broths and jello, gradually increasing as your mouth allows.
We will advise to not eating dairy products such as yogurt, ice cream or milkshakes on the day of your surgery, as nausea and vomiting may develop in conjunction with the anesthetic and pain medication. If we give you antibiotics and you take birth control pills, please be aware that the birth control pills may become temporarily ineffective.
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The Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Removal
- At Brechon Dental, we promote a comfortable and compassionate office space where you can receive the care you need while remaining calm and relaxed. For your wisdom tooth extraction procedure, we understand that you may be experiencing anxiety, which is why a local anesthetic is administered and dental sedation options are available.
- Simple Procedure- Using a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area, we will loosen up your tooth and remove it easily using a handheld tool called an elevator. This procedure is done when the wisdom tooth that needs to be extracted has grown well above your gum line for easy access. We will use dental tools to loosen the tooth and lift it up and out of the gum line for a simple and clean extraction.
- Surgical Procedure- A surgical extraction is a more complicated procedure as it requires us to make an incision into the gum line to retrieve the tooth. This is usually needed for an impacted wisdom tooth extraction below the gum line. A local anesthetic will take away any discomfort and pain felt during these types of extractions. You can also talk to us about adding a dental sedation to reduce your anxiety before and during the procedure as well.
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Brechon Dental is a family-owned dental clinic at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Our highly compassionate staff and dentists are genuinely dedicated to your dental care and your healthy smile. When you visit us in our newly designed office, we focus on making your experience with our staff comfortable and rewarding. We wish for you to leave your visit smiling, with teeth that are healthier and brighter. From regular examinations and dental cleanings to a variety of cosmetic procedures, our goal is to provide you with only the best in dental care and treatments so that you achieve and maintain a smile you are proud of. We want you to have convenient access to dental care by accepting most major insurances and offering financing options. Call 815-491-8032 to schedule your appointment with Brechon Dental today.