Wisdom Teeth

Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth.”  Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise.  Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.

In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.

If you have been referred to our office to have your wisdom teeth removed, we will first conduct an oral examination to develop a personalized treatment plan. You will be given pre-operative instructions to follow prior to your surgery.

What can I expect during the procedure?

The surgery will be performed under the appropriate type of anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Following the procedure, gauze will be used to help control the bleeding. You will need someone to drive you home. We will provide you with post-operative instructions, as well as a prescription for pain medications and antibiotics. A follow-up appointment will also be made to remove the sutures and monitor the healing of the surgical site(s).