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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth
1. What are impacted wisdom teeth?

A wisdom tooth, or third molar, that is blocked from erupting into the mouth in a normal fashion is said to be impacted. 9 out of 10 people have at least one completely impacted wisdom tooth.

2. What problems can result from impacted teeth? 

Pain, infection, crowding or damage to adjacent teeth can contribute to more significant problems. The sac that surrounds the impacted tooth may become cystic and fill with fluid that allows it to enlarge and can cause damage to tissues, jawbone and cause pain.

3. Should I wait until my wisdom teeth bother me to have them removed? 

As wisdom teeth develop, their roots grow longer and the jawbone becomes more dense making them more difficult to remove and complications more apt to occur. The fact is that damage often occurs before you are aware of it. 

4. What if my wisdom teeth have erupted and I have no problems? 

Studies have found that even wisdom teeth that have broken through the tissue and erupted into the mouth in an apparently normal, upright position may be as prone to disease as impacted wisdom teeth.

5. When should I have my wisdom teeth removed? 

A study of 4,000 patients showed that those older than 25 were one and a half times more likely to experience complications while having their wisdom teeth removed.

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6. Why do I need a panoramic x-ray?

A panoramic x-ray, taken by your general dentist or in our office, will show the roots of all your teeth as well as the nerves and sinuses that are close to your wisdom teeth.

7. How long will the surgery take?

The actual length, complexity and type of surgical procedure required to remove your wisdom teeth will depend on several factors, including the position of the teeth, length and curvature of the roots. Our doctors will discuss with you his findings on your panoramic x-ray at your consultation. You will be in our office for about an hour for your surgery.

8. Will it hurt to have my wisdom teeth removed? 

Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained, licensed and experienced in the administration of local and intravenous anesthesia and the treatment of anxiety. our doctors will discuss different anesthetic options. Modern anesthesia technology now makes it possible to perform even complex surgery in the oral and maxillofacial surgery office with little or no discomfort. 

9. Can I drive myself home? 

No, you must have a parent/guardian (if under age) or companion drive you home.

10. How long does it take to recover? 

Immediately following surgery you will rest for a while in the surgeon’s office. During the recovery a surgical assistant will monitor your recovery before permitting you to leave for home with your companion. You will receive instructions to speed your recovery at the time of your surgery. Medication will be prescribed by our doctors that will help alleviate any discomfort. In most cases, you will be able to resume normal activities within three to five days.