Patients who are in their late teens or early twenties are typically at a good age to have their wisdom teeth removed, as the extraction and recovery process is usually easier on patients under the age of twenty-five. If you're looking for a pediatric dentistry that offers efficient wisdom teeth removal procedures for teens, Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry has you covered. Get in touch with our front office to schedule a wisdom tooth consultation for your teen today!
Do wisdom tooth extractions hurt?
Wisdom tooth extractions are not painful, as they are typically performed with a local anesthetic and dental sedation. For wisdom teeth that are not impacted or if only one or two teeth are being removed, nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation can be used. If most or all of the wisdom teeth are impacted and being removed all at once, the treatment may be performed using general anesthesia at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. To learn more about our sedation options, please contact our office or visit our sedation and hospital dentistry pages.
Why do my wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
There are a number of reasons why wisdom teeth need to be extracted. Sometimes they are actively causing patients pain and problems, and sometimes it's a preventative measure to keep any potential problems from happening. Crowding the other teeth and causing damage, growing in incorrectly, jaw damage, infections, cavities, and gum inflammation are all common reasons for wisdom teeth removal. Our team will examine your child's X-rays each time they are taken to help you determine if and when their wisdom teeth need to be removed.
What is the aftercare process like for wisdom teeth removal?
The recovery process looks different for every patient, but we recommend that you plan to have your child take at least three days off from school or work after their wisdom tooth extraction. Once they are able to return to their normal routine, you may find that they still need to eat soft foods for a week or more after treatment. They should plan to get plenty of rest in the days following their procedure. Drinking anything through a straw should be avoided during this time, as that can cause a painful complication called a dry socket.