• June 1, 2019

If you have kids around ages 17 to their early 20s, you’ve helped them reach a whole lot of milestones by this point: their first job, proms, graduations, the first day of college, the last day of college – the list goes on. But have you considered the milestone of wisdom teeth extractions? This is the most common age for people getting their wisdom teeth extracted.

Perhaps you’ve been told they need wisdom tooth removal but have put it off. Or maybe Dr. Harrell has recently recommended you move forward with it for your child. Regardless, you’ll be doing your kid a favor by following through sooner than later.

Summer is the perfect time to get started. With no school, your child will have plenty of time to rest and recover. Call Brandon Family Dental at 248-469-0218 today and set up their appointment.

Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is oral surgery, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Dr. Harrell has over a decade of experience with this procedure, and she’s been regularly putting in over 100 hours of advanced training a year in oral surgery and other procedures. There’s a reason she’s been voted a Best Dentist in Brandon Township, MI by Opencare. You can rest assured your family members will be in good hands here.

If we haven’t determined that your kid needs their wisdom teeth extracted yet, we’ll use our state-of-the-art technology to ensure they would benefit from the procedure. These tools also help Dr. Harrell plan the surgery with the highest level of precision, as well as discover any problems such as impacted wisdom teeth that she can work into the treatment plan. This technology includes:

  • Digital X-rays
  • A 3D imaging machine
  • Extraoral bitewings
  • An intraoral camera

We’ll also discuss anything that needs to happen before the appointment, such as eating restrictions and sedation information (more on that in a minute). We’re also happy to talk about the process in as much – or as little – detail as you and your child want.

What’s Involved with Wisdom Teeth Removal?

For the procedure itself, we’ll make sure their mouth is numb so they don’t feel pain. Your son or daughter can let us know anything else that will make them feel more at ease. If they’ve been coming to our office, they’ll already know us, and we’ll already know their preferences.

After we carefully remove the teeth, clean the area, and place gauze on the extraction sites, we’ll also provide postprocedure instructions. Some may include:

  • Switching out gauze according to our instructions
  • Taking medication as we direct
  • Using ice packs, if needed, to reduce any swelling
  • Drinking beverages (no straws) and eating soft, room-temperature foods for at least 24-48 hours
  • Brushing instructions, including how long to avoid brushing and how long to avoid the extraction area
  • Resting!

Then, you or a trusted designee can drive your son or daughter home to take it easy for a day or two.

Wisdom Teeth Surgery Can Be Comfortable

Our Brandon Family Dental team does as much as possible to make dental care comfortable. That’s certainly true for oral surgery. When your son or daughter comes in for their appointment, we’ll make sure they’re relaxed with:

  • Free oral sedation, if they choose
  • Inhaled sedation, if desired
  • Movie glasses to watch TV
  • Cozy blankets and pillows
  • Windows with lots of natural sunlight and beautiful scenery
  • A friendly staff who goes at their pace and keeps them calm

And we haven’t forgotten about Mom and Dad, either! While you wait in our comfortable reception area, enjoy complimentary drinks and browse through some magazines on us. Doesn’t sound like the typical dental office, does it?

Don’t Wait Till School Starts for an Appointment – Call Today

Getting wisdom teeth extracted is easier than ever with our exceptional team and all the comforts of home. To ensure your child’s continued oral health, call Brandon Family Dental at 248-469-0218 or contact us online. Multiple payment options and late appointment times are available.