Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars. Most people see these
teeth erupt in their late teens or early twenties.
Sometimes wisdom teeth grow in and cause no problems. Often however the development of wisdom teeth can present a series of complications.
When wisdom teeth begin to erupt the flap of gum tissue that grows over the tooth is raised, creating a space for food to become trapped which can cause infection. Another common complication is misalignment of the wisdom teeth. Misaligned wisdom teeth can be angled towards or away from the second molars. This often causes the tooth to become 'impacted' only erupting partially or not erupt to the surface at all. This improper alignment can cause crowding and potentially damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone or nerves.
Early detection through dental x-rays allows us to predict future problems and prevent them, often through removing the misaligned or 'impacted' wisdom teeth. Our team will keep a close eye on the development of your wisdom teeth during your regularly scheduled visits.
If you feel or notice any of the following, contact your dentist immediately:
Wisdom Tooth Removal
The removal of wisdom teeth has become quite common, especially to avoid
complications from overcrowding. Before your tooth is extracted, the tooth and
surrounding gums will be numbed with a local anesthetic. This anesthetic can be
complimented with our relaxation options if they are needed. This can take the
form of nitrous oxide or laughing gas, an oral sedative, or even an intravenous
The tooth is removed just like any other tooth if it has completely erupted through the gums. If it is still sitting under the gums, we will make a small incision to remove the tooth. We will explain this in more detail before your procedure.
Recovery from a Wisdom Tooth Extraction
We will monitor you in a recovery room immediately after the extraction. Depending on the type of sedative used, you may need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
You may experience the following in the first 24 hours: