Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the last teeth to develop and erupt into the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they erupt into the mouth completely and are functional, painless, cavity-free and in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. Frequently there is not enough room left in the mouth for them to come in and they become impacted.

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause a number of problems. Depending on their position they can lead to damage to neighboring teeth as well as crowding of the teeth. Because these areas of the mouth are difficult to clean, a wisdom tooth can develop a cavity or collect bacteria leading to gum disease or a serious infection. These infections can spread throughout the body and even require hospitalization  in some cases. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and surrounding healthy teeth.

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Wisdom teeth removal is done as an outpatient procedure in our office and all teeth can be removed in the same procedure. Most people prefer to be unaware of the experience when they have their wisdom teeth removed and usually decide to be sedated. You will be provided with appropriate anesthesia options at your consultation. All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Our office staff has the training, licensing, and experience to provide the various types of anesthesia, including general anesthesia/deep sedation. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and a well trained experienced staff.

If you are concerned about your wisdom teeth contact our office for a consultation.  With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems.