Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth — usually appearing behind the upper and lower second molars. When a wisdom tooth remains underneath the gum, or when it is blocked from erupting or coming into the mouth normally, it is termed “impacted”. Serious problems can develop from partially impacted teeth, such as:
- Damage to adjacent teeth.
It is recommended to remove Wisdom teeth early because of the problems mentioned above. As a person grows older, it becomes more difficult to remove wisdom teeth and complications can become more frequent and severe thus, we may recommend the removal of wisdom teeth even if they are not yet causing obvious problems.
Whether you need to have one tooth or multiple teeth extracted, it can always be done in a safe and comfortable setting. Local anesthesia is used in all cases, but it can be supplemented with various levels of conscious sedation, ranging from nitrous oxide and oral pre-medication to I.V. sedation in the comfort of your own dental office setting.