Have you been told you need wisdom teeth removal? You’re in good company! Nearly 5 million people have their wisdom teeth removed each year. But why is wisdom tooth removal done in the first place?
Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to come in, usually between the ages of 17 – 25. Not everyone is born with wisdom teeth – it’s estimated 35% of the population is born without them. However, most people will have four wisdom teeth – two on the top and two on the bottom, although it’s not unheard of to have less than four. The problem with wisdom teeth is that they can become impacted or grow in crowded. This can cause alignment issues, pain, or even damage to the surrounding teeth.
Wisdom teeth are also way back in the furthest part of your mouth. Needless to say, they’re a lot more difficult to brush and floss thoroughly! This means they’re often at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Another problem with wisdom teeth? When they start to erupt, the gum line around the teeth can be susceptible to infections, which can cause swelling, pain, and even illness.
Wisdom tooth extraction is recommended at an early age to help prevent potential dental problems as the teeth grow in. Also, recovery time and complications are lower in younger patients. Although your wisdom teeth may not be causing problems yet, the risk of infection or decay increases as you age.
At Enamel Dentistry, we make sure your wisdom teeth removal is gentle and pain-free. And if the idea of tooth extraction makes you a little nervous (we get it!) we also offer three different levels of sedation to help you relax. From breathing in a little laughing gas to sleeping away the procedure, we have options to keep you comfortable the entire time. We’ll also make sure your visit is positive and (dare we say?) fun! Sit back and enjoy awesome offerings from our comfort menu, like beer, wine, Netflix, scented towels, and more. Or simply joke around with our friendly team while you soak up the hip, inclusive vibes. Schedule your appointment at one of our five convenient locations in Austin TX today!