Upstate Dental Surgery
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wisdom Teeth

Removal of wisdom teeth, the third molar, is a very common oral surgery procedure. In fact, this procedure is so common we do it every day. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that erupt, or emerge, into the adult mouth. Most of the time there is not sufficient room for them to come in, leaving the teeth impacted.
Impacted teeth, teeth that are trapped in the jawbone and gums, can cause numerous problems including: infections, crowding, and cavities between the teeth. Also, tumors and cysts can develop around impacted teeth. The best way to prevent these problems is to remove the wisdom teeth. This is usually done between the ages of 15 to 18, although, they can be removed at any age. It is usually more difficult as the patient gets older.
Wisdom teeth are removed in the office with either intravenous sedation or local anesthetics. Patients must not eat or drink after midnight the night before and must have someone with them to drive them home. Occasionally, it is necessary for some patients to be put all the way to sleep. We do this as an outpatient procedure in the hospital.
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