Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are types of molars located in the very back of your mouth.
These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become
impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or the angle the
tooth is going in. The most common type of impacted wisdom tooth is “mesial”
– meaning the tooth is angled forward toward the front of your mouth.
When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not
removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain.
Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite
difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections
and even gum disease.
Each patient’s situation is unique. We will take a panoramic x-ray
to determine whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If we do recommend
for you to have your wisdom teeth removed, it is best to so sooner than later.
Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties
because there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not
fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two
factors can make extraction easier, as well as making the recovery time
Typically, wisdom teeth removal is not a painful procedure. We will numb
the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. If you are feeling
nervous about the procedure, we can provide you with free ‘happy
gas’ (nitrous) to help ease your nerves.
Once your wisdom teeth have been removed, the healing process begins –
which almost always involves lots of rest, relaxation and ice cream! We
will let you know exactly what to expect during the healing process and
provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.