The third molars, commonly referred to as the wisdom teeth, are particularly prone to problems both above the gumline as well as below. As the last teeth to erupt — typically during the ages of 17 to 21 — there is rarely enough space left in the mouth for these four additional teeth.

As a result, the growth pattern for the wisdom teeth tends to become distorted. Due to the lack of space and the upward curvature of the jawbone, the wisdom teeth are often found to be angled sideways and many wisdom teeth fail to reach their full height above the gums (a condition known as impaction). The problems associated with the wisdom teeth can cause swelling, infection, and pain. In light of these complications, it is sometimes necessary to have the wisdom teeth carefully extracted by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

The oral surgery procedure for removing the wisdom teeth is fairly common. However, removing wisdom teeth—especially those that have not erupted or are unable to erupt—involves a level of surgical expertise that is far more complicated than the extraction of an erupted tooth. While some general dentists have the ability and equipment to remove impacted wisdom teeth, most wisdom teeth extractions are performed in the office of a specialist such as an oral surgeon.

Prepared for Excellence

Our oral surgery suites are perfect for patients who would prefer to be sedated during the wisdom teeth extraction. We offer several sedation dentistry and anesthetic options and our facilities are equipped with vital sign monitoring and first aid equipment. Dr. Vickers has also invested in the advanced imaging and specialized surgical tools that can help to improve the outcome of your surgical experience.

Making the Decision

Dr. Vickers is keenly aware of the potential problems associated with the wisdom teeth, including the possible shifting of the surrounding teeth, pain in the jaw, cysts, and infections. Still, the decision to surgically extract any tooth should be determined on a case-by-case basis.

To schedule your personal consultation, contact our office today. Like to know more? Learn the details of our wisdom tooth removal procedure and recovery.