Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. These third molars erupt during this time to compensate for excessive wear that used to be exposed prior to a modern diet.

Why do they need to remove them?

Because our society emphasizes straight and beautiful smiles. There is often times not adequate room in the mouth for our wisdom teeth to erupt without creating overcrowding. This is especially true if you have already gone through orthodontics to achieve that perfect smile.

What can happen if I don’t remove my them?

Aside from the cosmetic repercussions mentioned earlier. Overcrowding can prevent the wisdom tooth from having enough room to erupt, thus becoming impacted. An impacted tooth can be very painful and can lead to very serious infection.

What if I am not experiencing these problems?

Some issues wisdom teeth can cause might not be seen by the naked eye because the tooth has not erupted yet. A wisdom tooth’s roots get longer as it ages making extraction more difficult, increasing the potential for complications such as nerve damage.

When should I remove them?

The American Association for Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons recommends removing wisdom teeth by the time the patient is a young adult to prevent future problems and allow for proper healing.

The surgery

Depending on the nature of your case, wisdom tooth extractions are performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Our doctors will speak to you before the surgery and answer any questions you have. After surgery it is common to experience swelling and mild discomfort.