August is wisdom tooth season at Dr. Grant Hinze’s office, so we are sharing some tips on this procedure and the importance of scheduling it before problems occur.

  • More than 90 percent of people need their wisdom teeth pulled.
  • Between the ages of 16-21 years is the most common time to have wisdom teeth pulled. The teeth need to be pulled after puberty (or their growth spurt) and after the chin/jaw are fully formed.
  • Dr. Hinze makes his decision to extract wisdom teeth based on X-rays showing how far the teeth have erupted and how close the roots are to the nerve.
  • Wisdom teeth extraction needs to occur before the roots of the wisdom teeth get too close to the nerve. If a patient waits too long and the roots grow too close to the nerve, extraction could cause permanent nerve damage.
  • Other dangers of waiting too long include inflammation in the tooth/gum in the area of the wisdom teeth or impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Not pulling the wisdom teeth at all could result in infection, overcrowding of other teeth, and gum disease and decay because wisdom teeth are more difficult to clean than other teeth.

Twice a year visits to the dentist are recommended for teens for overall healthy teeth and to monitor the growth of wisdom teeth. Extraction generally takes about 30 minutes and is done under local anesthesia at Dr. Hinze’s office. The recovery period lasts about three to five days.

Call us today at 995-5331 for more information about scheduling wisdom teeth extraction. Our next busy season for wisdom teeth is Christmas break!