Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Marysville, WA
Removing Teeth for an Improved Smile
Who is a Candidate for Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Most often, candidates for wisdom tooth extractions are teenagers and young adults between 16 and 22 years of age. While this is not always the case, the majority of dentists find that once these back molars emerge, it is best if they are removed. However, you can expect that our team of dentists will be closely monitoring your child’s wisdom teeth to determine if it is safe for them to remain in place or if it is necessary to go ahead and extract them.
- They are impacted (below the gum line)
- Healthy teeth near the wisdom teeth are damaged
- There are any signs of an infection
- Any cysts or tumors are present
Types of Wisdom Teeth Issues Leading to Extraction
If it is determined that your teenager should have their wisdom teeth removed, it is usually because of one of the following reasons:
When wisdom teeth do not erupt, they will remain beneath the gum line. Depending on the angle at which they are positioned, this can be problematic for their natural, healthy teeth, as they can begin to shift should the wisdom teeth begin to push against the nearest tooth. It is also possible that impacted wisdom teeth can cause an infection to develop and negatively impact healthy teeth and gum tissue.
If the wisdom teeth located in the upper area of the mouth become infected, it can affect your sinuses and cause additional problems such as sinus pain, headaches, and inflammation. To prevent this, it may be necessary for us to remove your child’s wisdom teeth.
After your teen’s wisdom teeth have been extracted, proper care must be taken to ensure they heal and recover in a timely manner. One of the most vital aspects of recovery is the prevention of a dry socket. This occurs when a blood clot that has formed suddenly dislodges or dissolves before the surgical area is fully healed.
To prevent this from happening, your teenagers should:
- Continue to apply pressure to the gauze provided by our team by biting down. You will need to make sure they change out the gauze as needed so the blood clot can form.
- Eat only soft foods in the days after the procedure.
- Avoid chewing on the side of the surgical sites.
- Take any pain medication as instructed.
- Avoid sipping or sucking anything through a straw, as this can dislodge the clot and result in a dry socket.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Maintain good oral hygiene but be careful not to brush or floss around the extraction sites.
- Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Extraction
- Avoiding possible infection or abscess due to impacted wisdom teeth
- Reduce the possible risk of health conditions throughout the body
- Lessen the possible need for orthodontic treatment, especially if there is a concern for overcrowding should they be left untouched
- Less likely to develop gum disease or tooth decay should a partial wisdom tooth eruption occur
What is the Cost of a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
This is dependent upon how much your dental insurance agrees to cover. Since most wisdom tooth extractions are considered a major dental service, it will likely be covered at around 50%, but all insurance policies differ, so you must review your plan. A member of our team will be happy to assist in looking at your policy and determining exactly how much you can expect to pay out of pocket for your teenager’s procedure. Whether or not you have met your deductible will also be a determinate.