Wisdom Teeth Extraction
At some point in their lives, most people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. A wisdom tooth, also called a third molar, can grow sideways or become trapped under the gums. It can also become infected, decayed or cause the rest of your teeth to move out of place.
At the A&E Family Dental Care office, our team of surgeons have performed thousands of wisdom teeth extractions. Most wisdom teeth surgery procedures go very well, take less than an hour, and can be done right in our offices. Before removing your wisdom teeth, we’ll walk you through every step of the procedure and answer all your questions about wisdom teeth extraction.
Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt in a person's mouth and are the ones least needed. Wisdom teeth can endanger a patient's dental health when:
They erupt through your gum, but your jaw is too small to hold them. As a result, they force other teeth out of alignment and can damage your bite.
They do not erupt through your gum and are not in a normal position. As a result, they crowd the roots of other teeth, force them out of alignment, and can damage your bite.
When your jaw is too small to accommodate normal wisdom teeth, it is common for gum or jaw discomfort and swelling to occur. In addition, there is a greater risk of developing gum disease.
Surgery to remove wisdom teeth is typically the best course of action. If a wisdom tooth has fully erupted through the gum, a standard tooth extraction is performed. If the tooth has not erupted through the gum, an impacted tooth extraction method is used.