Many teens and young adults may be unaware that they have an additional set of molars growing under the surface of their gums that can cause significant problems. These teeth are called third molars but are better known as wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, they are often undetectable without regular dental examinations or until they become a problem. They grow beneath the surface of the gums, and an X-ray will determine if they are present. Sometimes, the teeth will partially emerge from the gums but not grow in completely.
At Pikes Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Colorado Springs, CO, we recommend that wisdom teeth removal happens early, preferably during the mid to late teens, even if they haven’t emerged from the gums. Since the roots of these teeth have not fully developed, the extraction process is easier on the patient if they are removed early. Younger patients are also more likely to experience a faster recovery after surgery and avoid serious complications.
Although a small percentage of people have enough room for full development and use, a majority of people do not have enough room within their jaw for these teeth to grow in properly. Improper growth can result in many problems with the adjacent teeth or surrounding areas.
Why should I get my third molars removed?
Patients are more susceptible to an array of oral problems, including
- Swelling, tenderness, and pain in the mouth
- Cavities and decay of nearby molars
- Gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development
- Severe dental infections
- Bacterial overgrowth resulting in bad breath
- Sensation of dental crowding, pressure, and teeth shifting throughout the mouth
The Removal Process
Before your extractions, you will receive a thorough oral examination, including routine X-rays or 3D scans, to determine the position and size of the teeth. Dr. Kunkel has been comprehensively trained to administer anesthesia, and our office offers multiple anesthetic options. You will choose whichever anesthetic you are most comfortable with, and we will also provide you with instructions for your pre- and post-operative care.
At a later date, you will return to the office for your surgical appointment. Dr. Kunkel will administer your anesthesia and ensure you are comfortable before beginning the procedure. He will start by exposing the teeth in the gums, removing any bone or growths that may be blocking the removal path. Then, he will carefully extract the teeth — in some cases, he will break the teeth into smaller pieces to make the process easier. This also accounts for smaller surgical sites and an easier recovery process. Once your gums have been stitched up, you will be sent home to rest and recuperate.
Wisdom Teeth Removals in Colorado Springs, CO
Our skilled surgeon and highly trained office staff in Colorado Springs, COwill answer any questions you may have, including those about cost, before your procedure to ensure that you are fully informed and prepared for your treatment. At Pikes Peak Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we do everything in our power to make sure you have a comfortable procedure with a rapid recovery and optimum result.