The removal of wisdom teeth is almost a rite of passage for young adults.
Wisdom teeth are a type of molar located in the very back of the mouth. Four wisdom teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties, and commonly become impacted, failing to erupt, due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry.
When a tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, gum tenderness, swelling, or severe pain may develop. Partially or fully-erupted wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, making them susceptible to tooth decay, infections and gum disease.
Each patient's wisdom tooth situation is unique, we will examine and discuss your particular needs with you.
If removal of your wisdom tooth is recommended, it's best for it to be removed sooner than later. Wisdom teeth tend to be removed in the late teens or early twenties, as two factors make extraction easier. There is a greater chance that the tooth's roots have not fully formed, and the surrounding bone is less dense.
We understand that no one likes the thought of having a tooth extracted. We have the experience to be able to work quickly & efficiently, while you are comfortable & relaxed.
To be able to remove a wisdom tooth, we first need access to it.
To make this comfortable for you, we will numb the area & offer to safely sedate you if you feel nervous about the procedure.
An impacted wisdom tooth is frequently still under the gums and encased in the jaw bone, requiring the removal of a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth. To minimize the amount of bone removal, we will often section your wisdom tooth so that each section can be removed through a smaller opening in the bone.
Healing time varies with the degree of difficulty related to the extraction. We will let you what to expect and provide instructions to help promote quick healing.