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Your wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that would normally emerge behind your second set of molars. They are the last of your adult teeth to emerge and they generally begin to grow during your late teens. If your wisdom teeth are correctly aligned, they will normally grow in without difficulty. If they are misaligned, complications can result and they may need to be extracted by a dentist.
If your wisdom teeth are poorly aligned before they begin to emerge, or if there is no room for them in your jaw, they will be prevented from growing in normally. Complications can include your wisdom teeth growing in crooked, partially erupting, or becoming impacted. Left untreated these complications can result in serious health problems in your mouth.
To prevent these complications, the usual treatment is to surgically extract the wisdom teeth before they erupt.
We will examine and X-ray your jaw to check the position and alignment of your wisdom teeth to detect any problems. Early diagnosis is key for a positive outcome so we usually begin checking the wisdom teeth in the early teens.
If we determine an extraction is necessary to avoid complications, we’ll schedule an extraction appointment to have the wisdom teeth removed.
We normally extract wisdom teeth under a local anesthetic. We may provide you with a light sedative to help you stay calm during the procedure. Higher levels of sedation and sleep dentistry options are also available.
We surgically remove your wisdom teeth by making an incision in your gums and extracting the teeth. Once your teeth have been removed we close the incision with sutures.
You may experience post-operative pain in the surgical areas. We may prescribe pain medication or you can manage your pain with over the counter pain medication. You may notice mild bleeding in the surgical area.
Swelling can be managed with ice packs. We will provide detailed post-operative instructions to help you manage pain and swelling and care for the surgical site.
One week after your surgery you will return to our office so we can assess your healing and remove the sutures from your gums.
If you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, or if you have any further questions, please contact our office today.