Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom teeth are your third and last set of molars. They often don’t come in until your late teens or early twenties. If your wisdom teeth come in properly, then there is nothing to worry about, but oftentimes, they don’t erupt correctly which can cause dental issues.

There are a variety of ways that your wisdom teeth can become misaligned. They could move into a horizontal position, start angling towards or away from the molar next to them, or be angled towards the inside or the outside of your mouth. In either of these situations, it’s a concern because your teeth could become crowded or your surrounding teeth, jawbone, or nerves can get damaged.

Besides misalignment, wisdom teeth can also become impacted, which means they only partially erupt. This is a problem because it means that bacteria can enter through the opening and lead to an infection. This infection could cause pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and even illness. Impacted wisdom teeth are also more difficult to brush and floss because of their location in the back of the mouth and their misalignment. That makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.

What to Expect

If your wisdom teeth are not coming in properly, we can remove them in a safe, standard procedure. We first numb the teeth and surrounding tissue using a local anesthetic, which will prevent you from feeling discomfort. We also have sedation options available to manage any fear or anxiety you might have.