Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, most often this does not happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
Third molar (wisdom) teeth, which normally come into the mouth in the late teens, often create problems related to lack of room and other conditions.
When they try to erupt, the most common complaint is pain from gum infection, which can become serious in some cases. When they cannot come in completely, they are referred to as impacted (animation below). Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.
|When the sac in which the tooth develops remains behind in the bone, cysts or tumors may develop from it (Fig. 1, 2, enlarged dark areas near the top part of the impacted teeth). These small areas shown can enlarge and become destructive.|
|Decay and bone loss can also develop in the good teeth in front of the third molars (Fig. 3, 4).||
The ideal time to remove impacted wisdom teeth is the late teens to early twenties, hopefully before these potential problems arise, making treatment more difficult (and before later age also potentially affects the outcome). A panoramic x-ray, a single film of the jaws, like those shown above, taken in our office, gives the clearest picture of the wisdom teeth and, together with an examination, can show if they require removal.
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With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our doctors can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. We have the training, licenses, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia, allowing patients to select the best alternative for them. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and staff experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.
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Patient Review by Rose D
No pain. Staff are great.
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Patient Review by SUSAN S
Dr Shabes removed impacted wisdom teeth for both my sons with excellent results, great care and meticulous follow-up. We wouldn't trust anyone else. Thank you Dr. Shabes!
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Staff is really ice and procedure went very smoothly
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I would recommend Dr. Sacks to everyone. He is very experienced. He is great for getting your tooth pulled with no anesthesia.
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Dr.Scahbes is a very friendly and professional. He answered all of my questions and offered to answer more. The office staff is equally as professional and accommodating.
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The waiting time for my appointments were very short and the staff was extremely nice. Also Dr.Schabes did a great job on my surgery. Overall I had a very good experience.
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Patient Review by Catherine M
It was a good wisdom tooth removal experience. I was barely swollen and had very little pain the entire time.
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Patient Review by Rachel H
Little to no pain and an overall good experience!
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Patient Review by Wendy S
Excellent service pain very manageable with over the counter medication. Excellent bedside Manner. I am terrified of dentist so this was quite surprising.
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Staff very friendly and accommodating called and got an appointment the next day . DR SCHABES got me in and out with no pain and made me feel very comfortable . recommend highly
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Great office would recommend to all of my friends. Doc was great and so was everyone Else in the office
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Patient Review by Mark J
Excellent procedure and very friendly staff
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Exceptional dentist and staff. I highly recommend; I had an emergency and everyone at Dr. Schabes' office could not have been kinder.
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