Wisdom teeth are one of those topics that patients are always wondering about – especially young patients who know they’re quickly approaching the special time in their life when the decision to have them removed comes into play.
Many of the stories about wisdom teeth removal used to center on how painful and uncomfortable the process was – but times have changed. Today, with the advent of social media, our “viral video culture”, and the help of much more effective dental procedures and anesthesia, the most memorable part of wisdom teeth surgery is generally the silly things patients say after they’ve woken up from sedation.
The thing is, while some people are born without wisdom teeth entirely – others have extra wisdom teeth that eventually become apparent in X-rays in early adolescence (between the ages of 10 and 16). Fortunately though, even if your family dentist finds the wisdom teeth early – you generally have until the age of 17 or 18 (or even longer) before the wisdom teeth can start causing a problem.
Today, our dentists in Garden Grove will talk about one of the most common questions patients tend to have about wisdom teeth – remove all at the same time, or remove some?
What you need to understand about the relationship your wisdom teeth have with your mouth as a whole and the rest of your teeth is that a number of facgtors come into play when it comes to deciding whetehr to remove them all or not.
The position of the wisdom tooth
Generally, there are a few different rules of thumbt oc onsider when it comes to the actual position of your wisom teeth. In these cases, you can expect the following:
- Wisdom teeth that have erupted (broken through the surface of your gums) are easier to remvoe than wisdom teeth that have not (known as being impacted).
- The way your tooth/teeth are tilted can also impact how hard it is to remove, and whether or not all are remived at once. Wisdom teeth that are upright or leaning forwward are generally easier to remove when compared to wisdom teeth that are leaning back or oriented sideways.
Other factors your dentist will consider: Root Anatomy
In addition to the actual position of your wisdom teeth, your dentist will also take root anatomy into consideration. Your wisdom teeth have several roots – and the way they’re oriented can impact how they are removed. Sometimes, the roots will be separate and easy to separate. Other times, they can be bundled together.
- Teeth with irregularly shaped roots are harde rto remove
- Wisdom teeth with roots that aren’t completely formed generally make it easier to extract your teeth.
- Teeth that have roots that are fused together are usually easier to remove completely
So, remove them all at once?
Generally, the most logical answer is “Yes” because it’s always better to minimize the number of treatments you’ll need. “Taking care of them all while we already have you ‘under'” is a very common, and cost-effective way of handling wisdom teeth. But there are some cases where it might not be necessary.
Have questions about wisdom teeth and live in Southern California? Our dentists and oral surgeons in Garden Grove can help.