Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, are the last adult teeth to grow in. However, wisdom teeth tend to cause some problems. These teeth are often found growing in sideways, crowding other teeth, or getting stuck under the gums. Wisdom teeth are also the most likely teeth to become impacted. Impaction can cause several health problems, such as infection, pain, cysts, tumors, and more. Most of the time, there just isn’t enough room in the mouth to accommodate four extra molars. Because of this, many dental professionals recommend removal of these teeth before they emerge from the gums.
If left untreated, most wisdom teeth emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth removal is commonly performed before this time, usually around the mid-teen years. Early detection of wisdom teeth is important when determining the best time for removal — your dentist can monitor your child’s wisdom teeth development with regular checkups. When your child is recommended for wisdom teeth removal, you will be referred to an oral surgeon. You’re in excellent hands at Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery in Slidell, LA — Dr. Brown is an experienced oral surgeon. When you come in for your initial appointment, Dr. Brown will complete a thorough oral examination, review any X-rays and 3D scans, and take more imaging if necessary to ensure the best possible treatment for your child. Anesthesia options are also discussed and determined at this time. Oral surgeons such as Dr. Brown are highly trained in the administration of anesthesia and will determine the best option. In our office in Slidell, LA, we offer several options for anesthesia including
- IV sedation. Intravenous (IV) sedation is the most common anesthesia for wisdom teeth removal, allowing your child to sleep comfortably during the procedure.
- Local anesthesia. A numbing of the surgical site, allowing the patient to remain completely awake. It is more commonly used in dental procedures, such as fillings.
- Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas). This is used to help the patient feel relaxed and is often used along with local anesthesia or IV anesthesia.
We encourage you to review our Anesthesia Options page for more information.
Dr. Brown will review your options carefully and select the anesthesia that is best suited to your procedure and personal preference.
After the anesthesia has been administered and you are completely at ease, the procedure will begin. Wisdom teeth that have completely erupted from the gums can be extracted just like a regular tooth. Wisdom teeth that are impacted or beneath the gums require a more involved procedure. A tooth may need to be broken into segments for easier removal.
If your child has been recommended for wisdom teeth extractions in Slidell, LA, we encourage you to contact our office. A member of our staff can schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Brown will be happy to speak with you and your child, review your child’s condition, and formulate a treatment plan. We look forward to caring for you and your loved ones at Northlake Oral & Facial Surgery.