WISDOM TEETH INFORMATION

A typical adult’s mouth can comfortably hold 28 teeth. These include our front teeth consisting of 4 incisors, 2 canines, and 4 bicuspids on both the top and bottom. Behind the bicuspids, we also have room for 2 molars on each side that we use to grind food down to make it easier to swallow.

Unfortunately, most adults actually have 3 molars on each side, both top and bottom. These third molars (also called wisdom teeth) usually become evident in our late teens as they try to find room to erupt in a jaw that simply isn’t big enough.

WHY SHOULD I HAVE MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

In most cases, an adult’s mouth isn’t large enough to accommodate these 4 extra molars. The lack of space commonly results in these teeth becoming misaligned because they have no place to grow. Instead, they may grow sideways, only partially erupt from the gum, or become trapped under the gum and bone. When this occurs, the wisdom teeth have become impacted.

This can lead to numerous problems. Partially erupted teeth can lead to infection as bacteria is left to grow around the partially exposed tooth. Pain, swelling, stiffness, and even illness may result. In some cases, existing teeth move out of place to make room for the wisdom teeth.

In serious cases, tumors or cysts can form around an impacted tooth, ultimately leading to the destruction of jawbone and healthy teeth.

Removing these unnecessary molars resolves all these issues in most cases. However, to prevent these issues from ever arising, early removal is a preferred course of action.

ORAL EXAMINATION

After receiving a referral from your family dentist, you will meet with one of our surgeons for a consultation where they will conduct an oral examination and review x-rays of your mouth to determine the positioning of the wisdom teeth and how they are likely to affect your health. In most cases, the earlier this is assessed, the easier it is to both remove the wisdom teeth and to recover from the procedure. This is why it is recommended that patients first be evaluated in their mid-teens by their dentist or other oral healthcare specialist.

REMOVAL

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. All of the surgeons at CVOS Oral Surgery are fully trained, licensed and highly experienced in administering various types of anesthesia, allowing patients to select the best alternative.

Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the site is sutured and you will be instructed to bite down on gauze to control the bleeding. You will then recover comfortably under the close supervision of one of our oral surgery nurses until you can be taken home.

When you are discharged, you will receive a postoperative kit, which will include post-op care instructions, a prescription for pain medication, and occasionally, antibiotics. At this time you will also have a follow-up appointment scheduled for approximately one week later to make sure you are healing well. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.

SAME DAY REMOVAL UNDER SEDATION

Same Day Wisdom Teeth Removal is a convenient surgical option designed for patients who have a strict timeline or have limited time off from school or work.

If you select to have Same Day Wisdom Teeth Surgery will you still have a consultation with your surgeon prior to the procedure, ensuring all of your questions are answered. For more information about the Same Day option, click here read our Same Day Removal FAQs. If you are interested in selecting the Same Day option, please let our receptionist know when they contact you!

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

How To Schedule An Appointment

To receive your initial consultation with one of our oral surgeons, please contact your family dentist and ask to be referred.