Wisdom teeth removals are one of our specialties at Oral Surgery Hawaii in Aiea, HI, and Honolulu, HI. If you need wisdom teeth removed, oral surgeons Dr. Craig Yamamoto and Dr. Blake Kitamura have years of experience extracting teeth. Our offices are equipped with the best diagnostic and surgical tools available, allowing our staff to plan and execute your procedure safely and efficiently.
Wisdom teeth are the final set of teeth to grow in. They usually start developing during the early teen years and finish coming in behind your existing molars when you are 17–25 years old. Most people develop four wisdom teeth — one in each corner of the upper and lower jaws — but it is not uncommon to have fewer or more than four. The majority of people’s mouths are too small to support four extra molars, which is why most people must have their wisdom teeth removed to prevent discomfort, dental crowding, and other complications.
Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
If your wisdom teeth have enough space to erupt without damaging your adjacent molars or gum tissue, then you may not need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Unfortunately, wisdom teeth have a tendency to cause problems, such as infections, cysts, or the forced misdirection of other teeth. The only way to know if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted is to have a consultation with a dental professional, who can use X-rays to track the development of your wisdom teeth. The absence of pain does not mean your wisdom teeth are growing in normally, so make sure to have regular dental exams every six months, especially during your teen years and early twenties.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
Having your wisdom teeth removed is a very common oral surgery procedure. In general, patients will come in for a consultation with their surgeon before the removal procedure. This allows your surgeon to assess your situation and answer any questions you have before the day of your surgery. You can also discuss your anesthesia options and pre-operative instructions during this appointment.
Your next appointment will be the removal procedure. You will need a responsible adult to drive you to and from this procedure, as most patients choose to undergo IV anesthesia, and you will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours after the surgery. The procedure itself should take less than two hours. First, your surgeon will administer your agreed-upon anesthesia. Then, a small amount of gum tissue and bone will be lifted to clear a path for your tooth (if your wisdom teeth have not already erupted through the gums). Your oral surgeon will then remove the tooth and suture the surgical site so it can heal. Sometimes your tooth may be broken into smaller pieces before being removed, which makes it easier to remove a larger tooth with a smaller surgical site. Once all of your wisdom teeth are removed, you will rest until you wake up from anesthesia, and then your driver will bring you home.
You will be given instructions about your recovery before your surgery. Typically, most patients must adhere to a diet of soft foods for a couple of days before returning to their regular schedules. If you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal procedures or recovery, feel free to contact one of our offices for more information.
Wisdom Teeth Removals in Aiea, HI, and Honolulu, HI
If you live in Hawaii and need your wisdom teeth removed, contact one of our offices in Aiea or Honolulu today. One of our staff members will be happy to help you schedule a consultation. Thank you for reviewing this information, and we look forward to meeting you.