When you need your wisdom teeth out, you might be tempted to instruct your oral surgeon to take out just one or two at a time. But is that really the better way to go?
Your Recovery Period Is the Same Length of Time
It doesn’t matter if you have one or four wisdom teeth removed at once — you still need at least three days of downtime afterward. Your jaw will still be sore. You’ll still have to eat soft foods.
Having them all out at once is better. That way, you only have to deal with one recovery period.
You Will Save Money
Every time you have a wisdom tooth removed, it costs money. The amount depends on your dental coverage, but if you split up removal into four visits, you have to count the cost of four anesthesia administrations and four procedural costs. By rolling all these costs into one, you’re saving a considerable amount of money.
As You Age, Extraction Gets Complicated
The longer you wait to have wisdom teeth removed, the harder it gets. The roots grow deeper into the jawbone and the risks associated with the procedure grow as you age. There’s a higher chance you could have nerve damage, or that removal could affect neighboring teeth. Also, older patients have a longer recovery time.
Getting all four wisdom teeth removed when you’re young is usually the easiest route.
Be Proactive and Prevent Problems
At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we complete full assessments of our patients’ oral health before we recommend any procedures — even a procedure as common as wisdom teeth removal. Your wisdom teeth may be fully functional, but after examining your mouth and reviewing your family history, we might still recommend removal. Why?
After years of experience in the field, we’ve seen how much easier it is on the patient when the wisdom teeth are proactively removed before they can cause oral health issues like cysts, abscesses and infections. Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery helps you see the big picture, and we also help you decide whether it’s wise to remove one at a time or all your third molars at once. Schedule your free consultation with us today.