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Everything You Should Know About Wisdom Teeth

Did you know we are born with 32 teeth? The average mouth can hold 28 teeth, so this is where wisdom teeth removal talk comes into play. Most of the time when wisdom teeth erupt, there is not enough space for them to grow so keeping a close eye in the area around the teeth is important. Practicing good oral hygiene and getting routine dental exams is a key because as Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, Keith M. Schneider, MS, DMD, FACS says, “pain-free does not necessarily mean disease-free”. The cause of concern lists as followed:

  • Periodontal disease or other infections
  • Cysts or tumors
  • Cavities that can’t be restored
  • Damage to neighboring teeth

Some patients ask if their wisdom teeth need removed if they aren’t erupted. Dr Schneider says removal is generally recommended.  “We recommend that you have your dentist take a panoramic x-ray around the age of 12, if not before, to assess growth of the teeth including your wisdom teeth.” Schneider said.  “To allow for a smoother recovery after having the wisdom teeth removed, the teeth should not be fully developed before removal. “Usually, teens get their wisdom teeth removed at the end of high school or beginning of college. The youngest patient seen at Ohio’s Center for Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery was 10 years old, and the eldest 102!

To make the experience more comfortable, our practice offers different levels of anesthesia. “Approximately 95% of our patients “go to sleep” for the removal of wisdom teeth. However, some patients prefer to not have general anesthesia” Schneider said. The procedure takes an average of 30 minutes then 15 to 20 minutes for recovery. Same day treatment is an option as well. If you are interested, book online!

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