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Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Do you feel swelling or pressure behind the molars at the back of your mouth? If so, you may need your wisdom teeth extracted!

Which Ones Are My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom Teeth

Third molars (wisdom teeth) are the last of your 32 teeth to erupt. They usually start producing symptoms between the ages of 17 and 25. Many people do not have room in their mouths for their wisdom teeth, and they become "impacted". This means that the teeth are blocked from erupting by bone or soft tissue and they usually require extraction.

It is much easier to extract a wisdom tooth when you are under 30 years old. As you age, the bone surrounding your wisdom teeth becomes more dense which makes the procedure more complicated. Also, you may have more medical complications and issues with healing if you wait until you are older to have your wisdom teeth extracted.

Why Do I Need Them Out?

Some of the most important reasons for extracting impacted wisdom teeth:

  • Preservation of bone support of adjacent teeth
  • Prevention of tooth decay and other damage to the adjacent teeth
  • Avoids possible painful (and rarely life threatening) infections of the impacted teeth
  • Prevention of cyst and tumor formation
  • Facilitation of orthodontic treatment (braces)

If you are feeling pain, swelling, infection, fever, or are having trouble swallowing please call us immediately, you may need a third molar out as soon as possible!

The Thought of Getting My Wisdom Teeth Out Is Scary!

If having your third molars extracted makes you anxious, we do have several options for you. Oral sedation is the most common way that we help our patients deal with their anxiety. Oral sedation, in combination with good local anesthesia, works extremely well for most people. If you would like to be fully sedated during the procedure, we can also refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can perform the procedure under deep sedation. Under certain circumstances we may recommend deep sedation if we feel that the extractions may be more difficult.

If you have any questions or concerns about your wisdom teeth, please ask Dr. Leitch or Dr. Wiens!

Our dental office is open for evening appointments on Tuesday!

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