Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars. These teeth develop later in life and were beneficial to our ancestors when they lost their second sets of molars. Today, however, most people keep their first and second sets of molars well into their advanced years. This means that wisdom teeth are no longer necessary for oral function.
These teeth are typically removed through a surgical procedure called a tooth extraction. This is because wisdom teeth increase our risks for a number of oral health conditions including periodontal disease and abscesses. When it comes to extracting teeth, our oral surgeons takes great care to provide gentle treatment.
Does everyone have wisdom teeth?
Some people can have up to four wisdom teeth but it’s also possible for a person to have less than four wisdom teeth or none at all. Dentists look for the emergence of wisdom teeth during routine checkups. Most people’s wisdom teeth erupt between the ages of 17 and 25.
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
There are a few good reasons why tooth extractions might be necessary – especially when it comes to wisdom teeth. Foregoing wisdom tooth removal could lead to the development of painful infections, tooth loss, cavities, and gum disease. Having an extraction will prevent the development of wisdom tooth-related health complications.
Will I be comfortable during treatment?
Our team takes all measures necessary to ensure our patients’ comfort during procedures. Our oral surgeons will administer anesthetic and sedating medication as necessary to alleviate physical discomfort and nervousness.
Why should I visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist trained to perform a variety of treatments to increase oral function and improve one’s appearance. Visiting an OMS for procedures like a tooth extraction or jaw surgery means that a patient will receive highly-focused care from an expert with rigorous training and education.
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