Wisdom Teeth Removal: What Teens Should Expect – WebMD

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Wisdom teeth show up on your dental X-rays when you’re in your mid-teens. You may begin to feel this third set of molars as they push against your back gums.
Wisdom teeth sometimes cause pain, swelling, cavities, or gum disease. When they have to come out it’s usually because:
Many people have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 25. Often, they go to a special dentist called an oral surgeon, who removes the teeth in their office.
Wisdom teeth removal is usually an easy, short process. Your mouth should heal in a few days. You should be able to go back to school or work the next day.
You’ll meet with an oral surgeon to talk about the removal. You can bring a parent or other caregiver with you to go over the procedure. Use this time to:
Your surgery should take 45 minutes or less.
Your doctor will use one of these types of anesthesia so you don’t feel anything during the surgery:
Local: Your doctor will numb your mouth with a shot of lidocaine in your gums.You may also breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to relax or even doze during surgery. You should feel alert again shortly afterward.
IV sedation: The doctor will numb your mouth and also give you drugs through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy. You might sleep the whole time.
General: You’ll either get drugs through a vein or breathe gas in through a mask. You’ll sleep through the whole surgery — and maybe even for an hour or more afterward.
If the surgeon has to cut your gums or bone to pull the teeth out, they’ll close the wound with a few stitches. These dissolve after a few days. They may also stuff gauze pads in your mouth to soak up some of the blood.
Plan time off from work, camp, or school to have your surgery. You’ll want to take it easy the rest of the day. Some teens can drive themselves to and from the surgery. But if you have general anesthesia or pain drugs, your parents will need to drive.
Most people have little to no pain afterward. It may take a few days to feel back to normal, but you can go back to school, camp, or work the next day.
As you leave the office, your doctor will give you a list of instructions to follow. These tips will help you heal quickly, have less pain or swelling, and fight infection.
Understand how your body is developing.
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