Just like a first date, getting a driver’s license, or graduating from high school, it seems like getting your wisdom teeth remove is part of the step into adulthood. Often, you get to take a few days off school during senior year or spend time of your winter break in college to go through this “rite of passage.”
Although these big events might seem scary at first, once you learn more about them, you feel like you can do whatever it takes. Just like you shouldn’t take the driver’s license test without studying the materials, you shouldn’t have your wisdom teeth removed without knowing all the details. That’s why it’s important for parents and teens to learn more about the importance of oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
When it comes time for you to have your wisdom teeth removed, there are a few areas you should focus on:
1. Do I need to get my wisdom teeth out? Make sure you are going to the dentist every six months so you can get regular x-rays taken of your mouth and jaw. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether you have room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to come in, or if you will need to get them removed.
2. Are my wisdom teeth impacted? Impacted wisdom teeth are caused by other teeth blocking the passageway into the mouth. This can cause inflammation and even damage to the adjacent teeth.
3. Who should perform the procedure? While dentists can perform wisdom teeth extraction, oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete 4-6 years of additional medical and surgical training beyond dental school, including intensive training related to IV sedation and general anesthesia, in order to provide the best possible care for their patients.
In October UAOMS aired the first of a series of spots called “Part of Growing Up” on KSL TV to help educate you about wisdom teeth removal and the roles of oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Now you can see the second and third installments of “Growing Up”. Take a look at all three commercial spots by pressing play on each.
For more information, please speak with an oral surgeon in your area.