Our wisdom teeth are located at the very backs of our mouths and are the third and final set of molars to erupt. They typically erupt during our late teens or early twenties. Some individuals may have enough room in their mouths to accommodate their wisdom teeth, but most of us wisdom teeth end up causing problems.
Some wisdom teeth are not able to fully erupt, causing them to become either partially or fully impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe damage to your jaw and surrounding teeth and partially impacted wisdom teeth (which are still covered by some gum tissue) are very difficult to clean, making them a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Both fully impacted and partially impacted wisdom teeth must be removed.
Dental x-rays, which your dentist may perform during your exam, can give your dental team an idea of where your wisdom teeth are, allowing them to better decide which treatment option is best for you.
Having the ability to perform tooth extractions, including wisdom teeth extractions and other oral surgery treatments in-house allows us to offer a holistic dental experience and better meet your needs.
If your dental team determines that your wisdom teeth will need to be removed, they will discuss your options with you and then schedule your surgery. They will also walk you through the surgery itself, let you know what to expect during your recovery, and teach you how to properly care for your teeth and gums while your mouth heals.