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Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Also known as the “third molars,” wisdom teeth are the last molars to develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth sometime between the ages of 16 and 20 — the apocryphal age at which humans begin to gain wisdom, evidently.

Contrary to popular belief, the four wisdom teeth aren’t necessarily vestigial; they’re in fact an asset to the mouth when they’re health and properly positioned. Often that isn’t the case, though, and they can cause extensive problems and discomfort, necessitating their removal. Perhaps the most common problem occurs when a patient’s jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate the wisdom teeth and they become “impacted.” 

Impacted wisdom teeth can grow sideways, break only partway through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone — bothersome conditions all.

Extraction of wisdom teeth is a fairly routine procedure in which the dentist numbs the area of the mouth with a local anesthetic or, as needed, IV sedation so the patient is asleep during the procedure. After removal of the tooth or teeth, the dentist gives the patient a wad of gauze to bite down on; this will mitigate bleeding in the immediate post-operative period. Some pain and swelling are likely, but these will usually go away after a few days. If you experience lingering pain, severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever after your procedure, please contact us at once.

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