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Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not happen frequently. Impacted teeth can grow in all directions and take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting, as poorly positioned, impacted teeth can cause many problems. When wisdom teeth are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and can eventually cause infection resulting in swelling, stiffness, pain, and possible severe illness.

The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jaw bone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient.

Wisdom teeth removal surgery is performed under proper anesthesia. We have the training, licensing, and experience to administer various types of anesthesia to make procedures more comfortable and effective.

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