The average adult has 32 teeth– all of which have their own role as well as name. Whereas the canines, incisors, and bicuspids found at the front of the mouth are used for biting and grasping, the back teeth or molars are used for chewing. However, while most adults have all 32 of these teeth, the average mouth in turn can only hold about 28 teeth. These extra teeth are referred to as the third molars, but they have a more commonly known name: wisdom teeth. While most people have naturally occurring wisdom teeth, these third molars can cause a host of issues.
Why Remove Them?
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
When wisdom teeth align as they should in the mouth, removal isn’t necessary. However, because wisdom teeth are the last to come in, this isn’t usually the case. When wisdom teeth aren’t erupting properly, they can cause crowding and pain, as well as potentially come in sideways or not break the gum’s surface at all. When a tooth won’t erupt, or is “stuck”, this is known as an impacted tooth.
When a tooth erupts only partially, this opens the area up to bacteria and infection. This causes pain and discomfort, namely swelling and stiffness, in the mouth– and can also cause illness. It’s also important to note that the pressure from a wisdom tooth attempting to erupt can cause problems with the alignment of the rest of your teeth. In some cases, tumors or cysts can even occur, which deteriorates the teeth as well as the jawbone as a whole. Because of these issues, early removal of wisdom teeth is advised.
In order to determine the position of the wisdom teeth, an oral examination as well as x-rays are necessary. The earlier that evaluation and treatment are conducted, the statistically better the outcome. Most commonly, oral surgeons, dentists, or orthodontists evaluate patients in their mid-teens.
Our doctors are highly trained and licensed in administering different kinds of anesthesia, and all outpatient surgery is performed under the appropriate method for each individual case so that patients are comfortable and at ease.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Local or general anesthesia or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is most commonly used during wisdom tooth removal. The nature of these options as well as any potential risks will be discussed with you prior to surgery. After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, your gum will be sutured and you will be instructed to bite down on the provided gauze to minimize bleeding. You will be given a postoperative kit with instructions and any necessary prescriptions and follow-up appointments, which you will take home once discharged. For any questions following discharge, please feel free to call our office.
At Summit Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we are committed to an environment of the utmost safety and comfort. Our staff are highly experienced in administering anesthesia and we use contemporary, state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUEsTIONS
What Dental Prosthetic Options are Available?
At Summit Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we provide surgical procedures in our state-of-the-art in-house operating suite. For those who have unique medical requirements, such as certain anesthetic accommodations or extensive bone grafting, an inpatient hospital treatment may be necessary.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Implants can restore your confidence and provide renewed oral health.
While dental implants are a modern development, their history traces back nearly four decades prior to the innovations of Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. His revolutionary efforts laid the groundwork for countless people dealing with the embarrassment and daily difficulties of missing one or more teeth.