For teenagers or young adults who still have their wisdom teeth, we typically recommend seeking a dental evaluation before those teeth begin to cause problems, such as pain or infection. And for patients who are already experiencing these symptoms, we recommend consulting with an experienced oral surgeon about having those wisdom teeth removed.
If you live in the Mandeville, LA area, we welcome you to visit The OMS Center of South Louisiana for your wisdom teeth procedure. We have a reputation for compassionate care and surgical precision, and we offer sedation options to ensure a safe and comfortable procedure.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Most people will develop 32 permanent teeth over the course of their lifetime. The final four to erupt are the third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. Most often, these teeth emerge sometime between age 17 and 21.
It is extremely common for patients to have their wisdom teeth removed, simply because the jaw is not large enough to fit them. As a result, wisdom teeth that are not removed may become impacted, which means they are trapped under the gum tissue.
There are a number of reasons why we recommend wisdom teeth removal for our patients in Mandeville, LA:
- As the teeth develop, the roots lengthen while the jawbone grows denser. This means that removing the wisdom teeth can become more difficult the older you get.
- Additionally, allowing the wisdom teeth to become more established usually means more discomfort after they are removed.
- Past age 30, you will become much more likely to experience some of the symptoms associated with impacted wisdom teeth.
Why Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There are several reasons why it is advantageous to have the wisdom teeth extracted:
- Discomfort and sensitivity around the impacted teeth
- Infection in and around the gums
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Cysts around the jawbone
Wisdom teeth removal can ultimately be an important way to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in crowding. They may also adversely impact surrounding teeth or emerge from the gums at an incorrect angle. The best way to avoid these concerns is by proactively having the wisdom teeth removed.
How Wisdom Teeth Removal Works
The process of having your wisdom teeth removed begins with a consultation. During this friendly, relaxed appointment, we will confirm your need for wisdom teeth removal and walk you through the process. We are always happy to answer questions and will also take time to explain the different sedation options we may use to keep you out of pain.
During your consultation, Dr. Joshua S. Brandner will:
- Conduct a brief physical evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw.
- Explain what you can expect on the day of your procedure.
- Discuss some of the instructions for aftercare and recovery.
At the OMS Center of South Louisiana, we perform wisdom teeth removal in an environment where safety comes first. From top-of-the-line equipment to full sedation and anesthesia options, we want to ensure that our patients are as safe and as comfortable as they can be during their time with us.
Your actual procedure will be tailored to fit your needs and address the specifics of your wisdom teeth positioning. Following the procedure, you will be sent home with detailed instructions about aftercare and infection prevention. We provide our patients with prescription medications to keep pain under control, though most patients only need to use regular ibuprofen. Some swelling is normal but will start to fade within the first 48 hours.
You are in Good Hands with The OMS Center of South Louisiana
Ready to find out more about the benefits of having your wisdom teeth removed in a safe, comfortable environment? Contact us to schedule a consultation at (985) 687-1616 for wisdom teeth removal in Mandeville, LA.