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When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth can be found in the very back of your mouth, and most people need to have them removed sooner or later.  Our jaws normally lack the room to accommodate them, and since they’re the last teeth to emerge, they often become impacted or embedded in your gums. The longer they’re left in place, the more difficult they can be to remove, which can cause considerable problems for patients later in life. For those considering wisdom teeth removal, Glendale has dentists who can perform the operation quickly and efficiently, but when should wisdom teeth be removed? Read on for the answers.

A Simple Procedure

Removing wisdom teeth is a simple outpatient procedure and can usually be performed in under an hour. The surgeon applies an anesthetic (usually local, though general anesthesia is used in some cases), ensuring you feel no pain during the procedure, then your wisdom teeth are extracted from your gums. Incisions made during the procedure are closed with self-dissolving stitches. It’s usually a good idea to have someone drive you home afterwards, and to spend the next day or so resting. You may experience swelling of your gums and mild discomfort but this generally fades after just a few days.

The Sooner The Better

Because problems associated with wisdom teeth tend to worsen with age, most dentists recommend having the procedure performed sooner rather than later. Ideally, you should have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as they come in: sometime between the ages of 17 and 21. Older patients should not delay as the teeth usually become impacted after the age of 30 and the root structure becomes stronger and difficult to remove.

Call Lytle, Tate & Stamper for Wisdom Teeth Removal

For wisdom teeth removal, Glendale residents trust the dentists at Lytle, Tate & Stamper. Our surgeons have decades of experience and utilize the most advanced techniques to ensure your procedure safe and effective. Call us to schedule your consultation today.