Wisdom teeth, also referred to as “third molars”, are the last four of your 32 teeth to grow in and typically emerge between the ages of 17-25. More often than not, our mouths do not have the necessary amount of room to accommodate wisdom teeth; thus, wisdom teeth will often become impacted (stuck) and need to be removed.
WHY YOU SHOULD REMOVE YOUR WISDOM TEETH
Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted because they are causing pain or discomfort, or as a preventive measure to prevent future dental issues such as pain, infection, damage to other teeth, and, on rare occasions cysts or tumors. In most cases it is advantageous to remove them at a young age (17-25) as this will reduce the possibility of complications.
CONSULTATION AND REMOVAL
At the Dr. Steve Johnson Dental Group, we are committed to providing you with the knowledge and comfort you desire to feel at ease with your procedure. We will begin with a consultation, where one of our doctors will prepare a personalized dental plan and explain the risks, benefits and options available to accomodate the procedure of removing your wisdom tooth. Following your consultation, x-rays will be taken to evaluate the tooth’s position and the likelihood of any future issues. During your wisdom tooth removal, you will be given the option to have a local anesthetic (freezing) or to be placed under conscious sedation with Nitrous Oxide or IV sedation. Conscious sedation allows you to remain coherant, yet sedated enough to feel relaxed and pain free.
Please discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your doctor during your consultation; they will be happy to address any of your worries.