Welcome Teens

imageWe welcome you and your family to our practice, and look forward to meeting you!

We realize that this may be your first encounter with surgery or sedation, and you may be nervous about your procedure. Our staff is very knowledgeable and is available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

We most often see teenagers for the removal of their wisdom teeth, usually on the referral of your dentist. Wisdom teeth, or third molars usually start to emerge between the ages of 16 and 21. Because they are the last teeth to emerge in the mouth, wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to become impacted. This may happen because a wisdom tooth is turned to the side, tilted or otherwise positioned incorrectly in the jaw. Sometimes wisdom teeth are unable to erupt because there is not enough room in your mouth. They may be stuck before they reach the gum surface or may be only partially visible. This can lead to crowding of the teeth, infections and other complications, so your dentist will likely recommend that they be removed.

At your first appointment, Dr. Harper will sit down with you and your parent or guardian to review your x-ray and treatment plan. He will thoroughly explain the procedure and review all the pre-operative instructions and precautions for anesthesia, and answer all of your questions.

If you are having symptoms of pain or pressure towards the back of the jaw, swelling or inflammation of the gums in the back of the mouth, it is likely that the wisdom teeth are getting ready to erupt.

After your surgery appointment you should expect to be home to rest and recuperate for 1-3 days and refrain from physical activity or sports for up to one week. For more information about post-surgical instructions, see the listing under Patient Information on the home page.