Wisdom teeth is the name given to the last or third molar in your mouth which usually develop in your late teens, or early adulthood – hence the name “wisdom” teeth. We recommend wisdom teeth be removed when there is risk of damage to nearby teeth, disease, infection, or tooth crowding. The dentist will first examine your wisdom and surrounding teeth to determine the best course of action for resolving any complications. Prior to extracting one or more wisdom teeth, our seasoned dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area the tooth will be removed from. If several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time, the dentist will then administer a general anesthetic which will prevent pain and will cause you to sleep through the procedure.
Why It Is Done
Wisdom teeth are extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. Some of the problems that can occur when wisdom teeth come in are:
Your jaw may not be large enough for them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or a cyst.
One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
If you are looking for a no obligation consultation regarding wisdom tooth extraction, please give our office a call and one of our friendly staff will gladly answer your questions or schedule a consultation with the dentist.