Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, also known as 3rd molars, are the last teeth to develop and usually emerge between the ages of 17 to 21. Most patients’ jaws are not adequately sized to allow wisdom teeth to erupt into an upright, functional, and easily cleaned position. When this is the case, they become impacted and can lead to several negative developments.
What is an Impacted Tooth?
A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough space to allow its full emergence from the jaw bone. When this is the case, the tooth can become stuck in incorrect positions by the bone, gums, or another tooth. This prevents normal emergence of the tooth into the dental arch. When a tooth becomes impacted, specifically if it is partially emerged above the gum line, it can lead to problems such as infections, decay of adjacent teeth, or cyst development involving the impacted tooth.
When is the best time to remove wisdom teeth?
If your dentist feels that there will not be adequate room for your wisdom teeth to develop into a healthy position, it can be better to remove them earlier than later. Extractions are often performed when the patient is between 17 and 25 because the surrounding jaw bone is less dense and the roots of the tooth are not fully formed. Waiting until you are older can result in complications developing from an impacted tooth or increased surgical difficulty.
Heal More Quickly
Following extracting wisdom teeth, we fill the sockets with PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) that is taken from the patient’s own blood. This speeds the healing process and helps prevent the development of dry socket.
Various levels of sedation are available in the office for patients having wisdom teeth removed. Sedation options include: laughing gas, conscious oral sedation, or complete sedation administered by a dental anesthesiologist.