Wisdom Teeth

wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. 

When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.

Each patient's situation is unique. We will take a panoramic X-ray to determine whether your wisdom teeth will need to be removed. If Dr. Miller or Dr. McDade recommend removal of your wisdom teeth, it is best to have them removed sooner rather than later.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that the teeth's roots have not fully formed and will lead to less complications. These factors can make the recovery easier and healing time much shorter.  

To remove a wisdom tooth, sedation is recommended.  If it has been determined that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Miller will see you for a pre-operative appointment where you will have a physical evaluation in preparation for IV sedation and discuss how to prepare for your wisdom tooth removal appointment.

Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Healing time varies depending on how your body heals after surgery. Dr. Miller will let you know what to expect and will provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.

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