Wisdom Teeth Removal

What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Wisdom teeth typically begin to develop in early adulthood and are farthest back in the mouth. Many people do not have enough room for their wisdom teeth to fully and properly come in, causing them to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems with infection, overcrowding and inflammation. When a wisdom tooth is able to come through the gums, it may only partially erupt, causing problems with infection and inflammation.

Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal needed?

If you do not have enough room in your mouth for wisdom teeth to fully come in, they can and will eventually cause dental problems. It’s not uncommon for impacted wisdom teeth to affect surrounding teeth, resulting in root fractures, breaks and overcrowding. The procedure is designed to remove one or all four of your wisdom teeth to reduce the possibility of them becoming an issue. It’s recommended that you have your wisdom teeth removed as early in life as possible.

What makes you a good candidate for Wisdom Teeth Removal?

Prior to having your wisdom teeth removed, we’ll take x-rays and other images of your teeth and mouth. For impacted wisdom teeth, we will check for signs of nerve pathways near the tooth that will be removed. Most patients will benefit from having their wisdom teeth removed, especially if the teeth aren’t able to come in fully. As you get older, we may recommend only removing one wisdom tooth at a time as they become a problem since they will be longer and more likely to cause complications at this time.

What can be expected during and after Wisdom Teeth Removal?

You will have a consultation with us to determine what type of sedation and anesthetic is necessary. You will then be scheduled to come in and receive anesthetic. For impacted wisdom teeth, we will create a small incision through the gums to gain access to the tooth. It is then removed using specialized tools and instruments. The gums are sutured and we’ll work on removing the next impacted tooth. For partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth, we may not need to make an incision and can remove the tooth normally with extraction instruments. Sutures may or may not be necessary for these types of extractions. You will be given important aftercare instructions to help in healing the extraction sites.

If you need to have one or more of your wisdom teeth removed and would like to come in for an appointment, we will work with you to get you in as soon as possible.