WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTION
Surgical molar removal surgery for kids and teens
Also called third molars, wisdom teeth usually make their first appearance in young adults between the ages of 17 and 21. Usually, an initial evaluation of the wisdom teeth should be performed between the ages of 16 and 19. Because most mouths are too small for these four additional molars, an extraction (removal) procedure is often necessary.
In many cases, wisdom teeth are considered impacted and do not break through the surface of the gums. Unless there is discomfort involved, your child may not even realize their teeth are having problems. Impacted wisdom tooth removal involves routine oral surgery to extract the tooth completely. Our friendly and experienced dentists are here to explain the process and make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Have To Be Removed?
There are many different reasons why wisdom teeth may need to be removed. A few common reasons why wisdom teeth extractions may be necessary include:
- Disease in the gums
- Crowding in the mouth
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Decaying teeth
These are just some of the instances where wisdom tooth removal is needed. Sometimes wisdom teeth removal needs to be done within the context of a larger treatment plan. If it’s required, one of our dentists will explain your options and the reasons to you.
Meet our Oral Surgeon
I have served the Apex and Raleigh area as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon since 2000. This career has been challenging and fun, and I have loved being able to make a difference in my patients lives. I truly view every patient like a family friend, and enjoy offering a calm and reassuring presence for those who might be apprehensive about surgery.
To make an appointment with our Oral Surgeon, Dr. Ken Benson, call (252) 235-7235
Does your Child Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
At Wake Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we examine your child’s teeth in order to assess the growth and positioning of the wisdom teeth and will work proactively with you towards an appropriate course of action if necessary.
Our doctors recommend extraction as early as indicated because waiting can lead to unnecessary obstacles for your child’s oral health. A studyby the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons found that patients who had molars removed after age 25 were at 1.5 times higher risk for complications. They also found that children between the ages 9 and 16 who received the surgery saw a decreased risk for alveolar osteitis, nerve involvement and second molar damage.
After an initial consultation, we’ll work with you to determine if it’s necessary to extract your child’s wisdom teeth. If we find it’s an appropriate decision, we’ll help you begin the process of setting up the surgery and making accommodations for your child. While routine, the procedure can last up to an hour and a half and may involve the administration of anesthesia for comfort. The surgeon will carefully remove the teeth and provide you and your child with proper care instructions.
As with any surgery, there is some expected post-operative discomfort after removing wisdom teeth. Your doctor will provide your child with medication to help manage the discomfort. It’s important to remember to limit their activity, especially during the first few days, and their diet, which should initially include only soft foods such as yogurt and applesauce. Be sure to contact your doctor should any abnormal symptoms arise.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure that most children and teenagers experience. Our team is dedicated to making the procedure as safe and easy for you and your child as possible. We are available to answer any questions or address concerns you may have. Schedule a wisdom tooth consultation today.