Between the ages of 17 and 25, your wisdom teeth will try to erupt in your mouth. However, due to a lack of space, they may become partially or fully impacted, leading to constant pain and putting the rest of your smile at risk. Fortunately, Dr. Gizachew can remove your wisdom teeth before they can do any lasting harm to your mouth. Call today to schedule a consultation if you have concerns about your third molars.
The wisdom teeth are also known as the third molars. They are the last set of teeth to erupt in your mouth, which is why there’s typically not enough room for them. Early humans may have needed wisdom teeth due to eating coarser foods. Nowadays, though, these extra teeth are no longer needed for your mouth to function properly, so if they become impacted, it’s best to remove them as soon as possible before they can cause problems.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted. If yours can fully erupt without damaging your other teeth, it should be okay to leave them where they are. However, an extraction will be required if your wisdom teeth cause any of these problems:
Your mouth will be numbed at the beginning of the procedure, and we can use sedation to keep you calm if necessary. Then, Dr. Gizachew can begin the removal process. If the teeth have partially erupted, he can use a special instrument to rock them back and forth, gently loosening them until they can be taken out. For impacted wisdom teeth, a surgical approach is needed. The gums will be opened to provide access to the teeth, and each molar may need to be divided into sections so that they can be removed without taking too much bone with them.
Once the procedure is complete, we’ll give you instructions for recovery. Generally speaking, you’ll need to: