Wisdom Teeth Removal


What 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 Teeth?
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 from occurring.


The Procedure
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.


What can I expect after surgery?
The immediate after effects are usually discomfort the first day, followed by swelling the next morning. You will be given a prescription that will minimize the discomfort. The swelling will gradually disappear over the next several days. Prolonged bleeding is rarely a problem. Ordinarily, a day or two after surgery, the patient is able to return to work. Dissolving stitches are normally placed. If non-dissolving stitches are placed, they are removed in approximately 5-7 days.

For more details on what to expect after surgery, refer to the Instructions for Surgery page. Remember that our website contains general information only. If you have any additional questions about what you are experiencing, please call the office.