wisdom teeth FAQs

Wisdom Teeth & Teens

Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed.
Problematic wisdom teeth are those that cause overcrowding, teeth shifting, and serious pain.
 If a wisdom tooth grows in improperly, it can lead to an infection and other dental health issues.
With local numbing agents, we can make the removal of wisdom teeth virtually painless.

Wisdom Teeth: What You Need to Know

Wisdom teeth are our final molars, and they typically grow in during a patient’s late teens or early twenties. Though not all wisdom teeth need to be removed, it’s always a good idea to bring your child in for a visit if they are erupting. If wisdom teeth erupt incorrectly, they can cause damage to your child’s bite and surrounding teeth. Call today to schedule an appointment and learn more.

How Can I Tell If My Child Has Problematic Wisdom Teeth?

Since wisdom teeth are located in the back of your child’s mouth, it can be very difficult to tell whether their third molars are growing improperly. If your teen is complaining of serious pain, or if their wisdom teeth have begun erupting, it is always best to schedule a consultation. During your child’s appointment, we will assess your child’s mouth to determine whether an extraction is necessary. We will be able to tell whether their growth will cause oral issues like teeth shifting or overcrowding, and help your child avoid any complications.

How Much Do Wisdom Tooth Extractions Cost?

This depends on many factors, including whether your child’s wisdom teeth are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth (teeth that cannot fully erupt from the gums) require surgical extractions, while other wisdom teeth only require a general removal. For an accurate cost estimate, stop by our office with your child or schedule a consultation.

What Can I Expect During a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

This treatment typically only takes about 5-10 minutes per tooth, though impacted wisdom teeth may require a more lengthy procedure. During your child’s appointment, their mouth will be cleaned and numbed. Then, the doctor will remove their tooth using specialized dental tools, and suture the area shut. Within a few days, your child’s gums will heal and they will be able to enjoy the foods and beverages they love.

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