WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
Wisdom teeth are the last molars or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaws. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may also grow in sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
The dentist will evaluate your wisdom tooth to see if the tooth can be removed routinely or if you will need a referral to a specialist. If the tooth can be removed routinely, the dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia during the procedure. If the tooth will require advanced treatment or if you prefer to be asleep during the procedure, the dental team will find an appropriate oral surgeon to help you.
After the tooth is removed, we will provide care instructions to ensure proper healing. Some pain and swelling may occur but will normally subside after a few days. You should call your dentist if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.