Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

How Old Should You Be for Wisdom Tooth Removal?

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Growing up means ticking off different milestones, including dental-related ones like learning how to brush your teeth on your own and losing your first tooth. But what about getting your wisdom teeth removed? While wisdom tooth removal is something that many people go through eventually in life, it’s not a rite of passage for everyone and it varies how old you are when you should get them removed.

Basics of Wisdom Teeth

The phrase ”wisdom teeth” is another name for your late-blooming third set of molars. At the very back corners of your mouth, these are the last teeth to come in, if they come in at all. Yes, that’s right; not everyone has third molars! Or if they do, they don’t always have all four of them (two in the top set of teeth and two in the bottom set).

The Right Time for Wisdom Tooth Removal

The right time to get your wisdom teeth removed is when a dental professional recommends that doing so will be best for your oral health. These are just a few the reasons a dentist may suggest you get your third molars extracted:

  • Your mouth doesn’t have enough room for these teeth so they are causing crowding or misalignment, or will likely do so as they grow in.
  • Because of their crooked angle, your wisdom teeth are pushing on nearby teeth and causing damage, or will likely do so as they continue to erupt.
  • They are making your gums inflamed, creating pockets around your back teeth that harbor harmful bacteria.
  • Your wisdom teeth have begun to erupt (or come out of the gums) through your gums but are difficult to keep clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and infection.

Your Age & Your Wisdom Teeth

There’s actually no specific age for when you need to get your wisdom teeth taken out, because the procedure can be done at any point in your life! That being said, they generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, which is why many people get them removed as a teenager or as a young adult before they cause problems.

To ensure wisdom tooth extractions go as smoothly as possible, dentists usually wait until the tooth’s roots are formed enough to work with but still soft enough for easy removal. This stage often occurs when someone is in their late teens or early twenties, which is another reason why wisdom tooth removal often happens in that age range.

Wisdom Teeth Removal In Johns Island, SC

Whatever age you are, Stono Dental Care can help with our gentle wisdom teeth removal. With dental X-rays and a visual evaluation, we can assess whether you’d benefit from getting your third molars removed. If you’d like to learn more or want to set up an appointment, contact us today!

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Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
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  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
    
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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