Your wisdom teeth are generally the third and final molars to erupt (come through the surface of your gums). Most people get their wisdom teeth between ages 17 and 25. They are the teeth that are the furthest back in your mouth near the entrance to your throat.
Wisdom teeth extraction is generally a preventative measure to ensure you don’t suffer injury to your healthy teeth, gums or bone due to impacted wisdom teeth. Ideally, your dentist will see that your wisdom teeth are impacted long before they cause you pain, swelling or infection.
Dentists regularly review the status of wisdom teeth for young adults during regular X-rays. If they see something concerning, they might evaluate the teeth further through a panoramic X-ray. From these scans, we’ll be able to see if your wisdom teeth present a hazard for you and your nearby teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common and simple procedure. Depending on the severity of your teeth’s impaction, you’ll go under local or general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation.
Regardless of the anesthesia we administer, you do not need to plan to stay overnight. You’ll head home shortly after your extraction to rest and heal. Dr. Guller will provide post-operative instructions based on the type of extraction our office performs. These instructions will include information on caring for the area and reducing discomfort and swelling.