The wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue and bone structure around them is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is normally not the case. The removal of wisdom teeth is necessary. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.
These poorly positioned or impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the gums allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. This often shows up clinically as swelling, stiffness, pain and even illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may also move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious complication from retained wisdom teeth occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid the above described problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Consultations
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our doctors can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- teenage years by their general dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors have the training, experience and appropriate state licensure to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety which utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques.