are Wisdom Teeth?
The average adult mouth contains thirty-two teeth by age eighteen.
Back (posterior) teeth are known as molars. These teeth are used
to grind food into small pieces for swallowing. Although the mouth
may contain thirty-two teeth, it will function at its best with
twenty eight. These “extra” teeth are known as third
molars, or more commonly, wisdom teeth.
Why would I want to remove my Wisdom
Most people do not have adequate space for their third molars. Leaving
them in place can lead to complications with crowding, chewing and
brushing. Infection, pain and decay can be a common result of the
inability to keep these teeth clean. Often times, these teeth fail
to erupt completely in the mouth. This condition is known as “impacted
wisdom teeth.” Other more serious issues such as cyst or tumor
formation can also occur when these teeth remain ‘impacted.’
Surgical removal of third molars can prevent further complications
To ensure patient comfort, surgery is typically performed under
IV sedation; however, local anesthesia can be used. The procedure
is done in our office, and no hospital stay is required. Most patients
will generally recuperate within a week after surgery. An initial
consultation will allow us to address any questions or concerns
you may have about the procedure.
Also, patients must be accompanied by a responsible licensed driver
over 18 years of age. Minors must be escorted by a parent or legal
guardian. Patient operation of a vehicle immediately following surgery will
not be permitted. The companion must arrive with the patient and
wait in our office during the procedure.
For more information on how to prepare for your procedure, see
the Instructions for Surgery page.