These extra teeth can cause pain, misalignment, and other issues, even if Naperville and Wheaton patients take excellent care of their teeth. That’s often why Dr. Scherer recommends wisdom teeth removal before these issues emerge. By removing wisdom teeth early, patients can be preventative about their oral health and avoid complications.

All wisdom teeth removal procedures take place in Dr. Scherer’s Naperville and Wheaton office, and patients can choose from anesthesia or sedation to make themselves as comfortable as possible.


What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that typically emerge in early adulthood. Long ago, they were a welcome addition to the mouth, as many early humans did not have advanced oral hygiene practices, and as a result, did not have many teeth left in the mouth at this stage in their lives. However, because people brush and floss today, having an extra set of molars just isn’t necessary.


Why Wisdom Teeth Should Be Removed

There are numerous reasons why it’s best to have wisdom teeth removed. While it might seem glamorous to have some extra teeth to chew with, the reality is that wisdom teeth cause more problems than they solve, including:

Pain and headaches are also a reason for wisdom teeth removal. Because of an infection, many Naperville and Wheaton area patients often experience pain and swelling in the back of their mouths. Sometimes, this pain radiates up to the head if the teeth are putting pressure on the jaw.


How Impaction Affects Wisdom Teeth

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One issue many wisdom teeth have is that they are impacted. This means that instead of growing straight up out of the gums, the teeth may come in at an angle or completely sideways. There are three main types of impaction, including:

 

 


What Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Like

Patients in the Naperville and Wheaton area who choose Dr. Scherer for wisdom teeth removal have nothing to fear, as he has years of experiencing performing this procedure. On the day of the treatment, he’ll allow his patients to choose between local anesthesia or IV sedation to make them as comfortable as possible.

Once the patient is unconscious, Dr. Scherer will begin his work. Overall, the wisdom teeth removal process usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes, and patients shouldn’t spend more than 90 total minutes in the office.

Afterward, patients will need someone to drive them home, where they should rest and relax for the rest of the day. For a day or two after surgery, patients should stick to a soft or liquid foods diet and avoid chewing in the back of the mouth. If stitches were necessary, these should dissolve within three to five days without needing to be removed.

 


Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed by Dr. Scherer in Naperville and Wheaton

When it comes to wisdom teeth, it’s always best to have them removed before they start causing symptoms. The longer you wait, the greater your chances are for more serious complications. To see if you should undergo wisdom teeth removal, it’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scherer so he can take a closer look at your mouth.

Call us today at (630)-364-2888 to make your first appointment at our Naperville and Wheaton area office or fill out the form below.