Wisdom Teeth Removal

You may need wisdom teeth removal to correct a developing problem or to prevent future problems.

In most people, "wisdom teeth" (the third set of molars) start coming in around age 17-25. Often, the arrival of these teeth is far from trouble-free. As such, the removal of one or more wisdom teeth is a relatively common procedure, performed on about 5 million patients every year.

You may be told that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted after a thorough examination and diagnostic tests such as x-rays or a CT scan. Some reasons your dentist may recommend removal:

  • Your jaw may be too small to accommodate all your teeth, leading to excessive crowding and potentially harming adjacent bone or teeth
  • Your wisdom teeth may be coming in at a crooked orientation, which can cause bite problems and damage teeth or structures in the jaw
  • If your wisdom tooth does not fully emerge from the gums, it can increase risk of infection
  • A cyst may develop around the unerupted wisdom tooth, which can cause infection and injury to the adjacent bone or nerve tissue

Performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon, wisdom tooth extraction is an in-office procedure. It's quite possible to have the treatment done using only a local anesthetic. However, general anesthetic may be administered if multiple teeth are being extracted at the same time.

After you are appropriately anesthetized, wisdom tooth will be gently removed. When extraction is complete, you may need to have the site sutured (stitched) to aid healing. After the procedure is complete, you will rest for a short time before going home. During recovery, which generally lasts only a few days, you should rest to encourage healing and take any pain medication as prescribed.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

You may need wisdom teeth removal to correct a developing problem or to prevent future problems.

In most people, "wisdom teeth" (the third set of molars) start coming in around age 17-25. Often, the arrival of these teeth is far from trouble-free. As such, the removal of one or more wisdom teeth is a relatively common procedure, performed on about 5 million patients every year.

You may be told that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted after a thorough examination and diagnostic tests such as x-rays or a CT scan. Some reasons your dentist may recommend removal:

  • Your jaw may be too small to accommodate all your teeth, leading to excessive crowding and potentially harming adjacent bone or teeth
  • Your wisdom teeth may be coming in at a crooked orientation, which can cause bite problems and damage teeth or structures in the jaw
  • If your wisdom tooth does not fully emerge from the gums, it can increase risk of infection
  • A cyst may develop around the unerupted wisdom tooth, which can cause infection and injury to the adjacent bone or nerve tissue

Performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon, wisdom tooth extraction is an in-office procedure. It's quite possible to have the treatment done using only a local anesthetic. However, general anesthetic may be administered if multiple teeth are being extracted at the same time.

After you are appropriately anesthetized, wisdom tooth will be gently removed. When extraction is complete, you may need to have the site sutured (stitched) to aid healing. After the procedure is complete, you will rest for a short time before going home. During recovery, which generally lasts only a few days, you should rest to encourage healing and take any pain medication as prescribed.

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