Wisdom Teeth

By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth, yet the average mouth is made to hold only 28.These four other teeth are your third molars, most commonly called “wisdom teeth”.

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, usually between age 17 and 25. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. If they position themselves sideways, partially emerge, or become imbedded between the gum and bone, they can cause not only pain but damage to adjacent teeth, the jawbone, and nerves. If they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and may eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness.

What to expect
If your general dentist or orthodontist suspects problems with your wisdom teeth, he will refer you to our office for a complete consultation.

In most cases, wisdom teeth are removed under conscious sedation, also called twilight sleep.

Once the procedure is completed, you will recover under our careful supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. You will need to arrange for an escort to drive you to and from our office on the day of the operation. Upon discharge you will receive postoperative instructions, (link to Forms & Policies page) a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics if necessary, and a follow-up appointment.

We will contact you later in the day to see how you are recovering and answer any questions.