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Wisdom Teeth

Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are located in the back of the mouth and are the last teeth to erupt and grow. An estimated 80% of adults require extraction of their wisdom teeth. If your doctor or dentist has recommended extraction, an oral & maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained and experienced in safely removing wisdom teeth and minimizing discomfort.

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Dr. Phan and Dr. Chan are skilled in evaluating the positioning, growth, and health of your teeth at any age. We recommend having your child’s mouth assessed during adolescence to determine whether their wisdom teeth should be removed. When third molars are unhealthy, poorly positioned, or unlikely to fit, we may recommend preventing further complications by removing them before they erupt.

Common Complications

Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt and are the most likely to experience complications as they grow. For many people, the third molars are not angled correctly to grow into the proper position within the mouth. When the angle is incorrect, wisdom teeth can become impacted – or stuck beneath bone or gum tissue and unable to fully erupt. This can lead to pain and infection if left untreated.

The most common issue with wisdom teeth is lack of space. Since they are located in the rear of the mouth, there is often not enough room for these teeth to fully develop. This can cause the teeth to grow sideways, pushing against other teeth or into the cheek or gum tissue. In extreme cases, a neighboring tooth can be cracked due to the pressure from the wisdom tooth.

When wisdom teeth are unable to develop correctly, effective oral hygiene can be highly challenging. Inability to keep teeth fully clean can lead to decay and infection as well as pain, fever, and swelling. As complications worsen, issues can spread to surrounding teeth resulting in a painful and costly dental emergency.

Trust the Wisdom Teeth Specialists

At Contemporary Facial & Oral Surgery, the removal of your wisdom teeth can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Phan and Dr. Chan are fully trained and certified to offer a variety of anesthetic and sedation options. Our team will review your medical history and preferences before recommending the best form of anesthesia for your needs. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about wisdom teeth removal.

Contact Contemporary Facial and Oral Surgery today to schedule your appointment.