Wisdom teeth is a common name given to your third, and final, set of molars. These molars are in the extreme rear of the mouth and generally develop during the late teens or twenties. These teeth are often not visible because they are blocked from growing into proper position.
About 85 percent of people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. This is because these teeth are the most likely to experience complications during development. Some of these complications include:
- Impaction (when the molar is partially or fully blocked from growing into proper position)
- Pressure, crowding, and/or pain in the jaw
- Decay, gum disease, and/or infection from inability to reach the tooth fully for proper oral hygiene
- Cysts or tumor formation due impacted wisdom teeth
Our Plano and Carrollton oral surgeons will recommend extraction if there is evidence that you may experience these issues in development. By removing these molars before complications arise, we can prevent a painful and costly dental emergency.
A custom treatment plan will be presented including specific details about your condition, anesthesia and after surgery care. As always, we make sure you are well informed and comfortable by answering any questions that you may have.
The ideal time to extract wisdom teeth typically ranges between the ages of 16 and 25 when the bone is more forgiving and the roots of the teeth are still relatively shallow. Removing wisdom teeth as early as possible ensures that recovery is at its easiest and risks are its lowest.
Trust in Our Experience
Dr. Stephen Chan and Dr. Aidan Phan are oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Our surgeons are experienced in evaluating wisdom teeth, and can determine if removal is recommended. When it is, they will provide a treatment plan. Your treatment plan will include the appropriate anesthesia or sedation options for your comfort.
Dr. Phan and Dr. Chan help thousands of patients resolve their wisdom teeth problems every year. Therefore unlike general dentists, who may only perform a small handful of cases, our surgeons’ experience provides knowledge not available in other offices.