Medically speaking, a wisdom teeth extraction procedure is not a major surgery. It’s typically completed in an hour or less and involves no vital organs or arteries. But, as the saying goes, the only “minor operation” is one that’s not on you or your family. Still, as long as you are prepared, there is no reason why your teen can’t be comfortable and have a quick recovery time for this common dental procedure.
Questions about wisdom teeth are common in the dental office. What are wisdom teeth? Why do they need to be removed? How can you tell if they need to be removed? To help answers these questions, here are some key facts and guidelines about wisdom teeth.
The average adult has thirty two teeth. Front teeth are designed to bite, and back teeth (molars) are designed to chew and grind food. Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars because they are the last of the back molars to grow in (usually between ages 17 – 21). The trouble is, the average mouth is made to hold only twenty eight teeth, not thirty two.