Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are usually the last four of 32 teeth to surface in the mouth, generally making their appearance between the ages of 17 and 25. In most cases, inadequate space in the mouth does not allow the wisdom teeth to come in properly. Wisdom teeth then can become impacted in a potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth and other problems.

There are several degrees of impaction based on the depth of the teeth within the jaw. These include soft tissue impaction, partial bony impaction and complete bony impaction.

Not all wisdom teeth require removal. Wisdom teeth extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection. Some are removed as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future.

Wisdom teeth or third molar removal is a common procedure at the Center, generally performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia.