Wisdom Teeth

Between the ages of 17 and 24, wisdom teeth usually emerge from the gum. When these teeth are healthy and properly aligned, they do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, many times this is not the case.

When wisdom teeth (also called 'third molars') erupt, they may have to be extracted for several reasons:

  • Your jaw is too small; they become impacted and are unable to break through the gum tissue. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap of wisdom teeth that are only partially erupted and cause an infection.
  • A wisdom tooth that comes in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
  • A cyst can form around an impacted wisdom tooth, causing an infection, or damage to other teeth or the jaw bone.

wisdom teethThese problems are usually resolved by removal of the impacted third molars. And early removal is recommended to avoid more serious issues. With an oral examination and panoramic x-ray, Dr. Rogers can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and assess the likelihood of present or future problems.

Removal of wisdom teeth is normally performed with local anesthesia and nitrous oxide; IV sedation is also available upon request. After removal, gauze is placed in the extracted areas to control bleeding. The gum tissue may be sutured (stitched) if necessary. After surgery, a post-operative kit is provided, which includes care instruction, prescriptions for pain and antibiotic medications. We will also schedule a follow-up appointment approximately 7 to 10 days following surgery.