Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to appear in your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25.  Wisdom teeth appear behind your upper and lower second, or 12-year molars.  

A tooth is impacted if it is unable to erupt into its proper position in the mouth. This is a common occurrence with wisdom teeth.

The Trouble with Impacted Wisdom Teeth  
An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to a variety of problems:

  • Infection and tooth decay
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Receding gums and periodontal disease
  • Periodontal disease and bone loss
  • Pathologic lesions, like cysts

Pain free does not necessarily mean disease free or problem free. Even when asymptomatic, it is best to have your wisdom teeth examined by a dental professional.

There is no need to wait until wisdom teeth become a painful problem to have them removed. In fact, early removal has benefits. Early wisdom teeth have incomplete root systems, allowing for easier removal and quicker healing.

  • Every patient is unique. The decision regarding surgery will be made only after a careful clinical examination and radiographic examination, and a discussion with your dentist and oral surgeon.
  • In general, removal is recommended in cases of periodontal disease, infections, cysts, tumors, and damage to neighboring teeth.
  • Wisdom teeth may not require surgery, erupting into the mouth as perfectly healthy third molars.

Before removing your wisdom teeth, Dr. Garcia will thoroughly discuss the procedure with you and inform you about what to expect. You are encouraged to ask questions and express your concerns.

Keep the doctor advised as to any medications you are taking or illnesses in your medical history

You will be given a recommended anesthetic option, such as local anesthesia or intravenous sedation.

Immediately after surgery you will remain in our office while we monitor your condition. Before you leave for home, you will be given specific instructions to follow over the next several days.

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