Your third molars, more commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are the last permanent teeth to erupt. They typically emerge in people between the ages of 17-25, but they can also erupt much later.
Many people need to get their wisdom teeth removed because they erupt incorrectly or cause crowding issues.
There are several reasons why we might need to extract your wisdom teeth:
If your wisdom teeth align properly and don’t cause gum-related issues, they don’t need to be removed.
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, quick removal avoids problems and minimizes surgical risk. We use oral examinations and x-rays to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine whether they could cause oral health issues.
We typically start performing these evaluations when patients are in their mid-teenage years.
To perform a wisdom tooth extraction, we’ll make an incision in your gums, then remove the tooth. In some cases, we may need to remove it in pieces. After the removal, we’ll clean the area to ensure no tooth or bone is left over.
We may need to stitch the wound, but this varies from patient to patient. We’ll then provide you with gauze that you can put on the extraction site to minimize bleeding.
Patients who are undergoing wisdom teeth removal can choose to get:
We’ll discuss surgical risks and anesthesia options before starting the procedure.
Ferber Dental Group is here for you. Our team of dentists includes Ivy League graduates and former faculty from top institutions. We stay on the cutting edge of dentistry to ensure you get the best care possible.
Have any questions about what we can do for you? Would you like to speak with someone in our office about scheduling a wisdom teeth appointment? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.