What are Wisdom Teeth?
Also known as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in a person’s mouth and the least needed. A person’s mouth has room for 28 teeth, but the arrival of the wisdom teeth in his/her late teens or early 20s adds an additional four teeth. For many people, their mouths can only comfortably accommodate 28 teeth. In rare cases, the wisdom teeth may grow straight in and the patient will have enough room to accommodate them. However, in most cases the wisdom teeth erupt at the wrong angle, leading to impacted wisdom teeth, or a number of other serious complications that can cause permanent damage to the jaw or gums. Dr. Councill can use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to decide if extracting your wisdom teeth will be necessary.
Wisdom Teeth: To Keep or Not to Keep?
Although many people retain their wisdom teeth, it’s often best to remove them before they cause serious problems to your dental health and well-being. Wisdom teeth are extracted to prevent a number of problems. You may benefit from wisdom tooth removal if:
- Your jaw is too small causing them to become impacted, or unable to break through your gums.
- Crowding of the jaw might force your teeth to shift position.
- You have an impacted or partially impacted tooth which can lead to serious problems, such as infection, damage to other teeth, and bone or cyst development.
- One or more of your wisdom teeth are misaligned, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side. This could cause serious pain.
Using a combination of advanced dental technology and sedation dentistry, Dr. R. Terry Councill offers comfortable and precise wisdom tooth extraction.
Determining the Necessity of Wisdom Tooth Removal
To decide if you will benefit from the removal of your wisdom teeth, Dr. Councill will first need to perform a thorough examination. In most cases, this should occur in a patient’s early to mid teens. Removing the wisdom teeth early, before they erupt, can help patients avoid a painful impaction or infection. In addition, during the teen years the jawbone is more pliable and your tooth roots are not yet fully formed, which means the procedure is more comfortable and the patient heals quicker. Using state-of-the art technology, we can identify the presence and alignment of your wisdom teeth and their relationship to vital structures such as the sinus or mandibular nerve. Always attuned to the latest advances, our imaging technology has been in use at Councill Dental Group for over 5 years even though it has only recently become an industry-wide standard.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction with Councill Dental Group
As an experienced dental surgeon, Dr. Councill can guide you through the entire wisdom tooth removal process, from diagnosis to gentle extraction and recovery. First, we will discuss your options for sedation dentistry and anesthesia to ensure a comfortable procedure. If the wisdom tooth is fully visible, removing the tooth will be done quickly. First, we will make an incision at the gum line and remove the tooth and any overlying bone structure. Dr. Councill will then close the incision and offer careful recovery instructions. If you have any questions or concerns about wisdom tooth extraction, feel free to contact Dr. Councill today.