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The average adult has 32 teeth by age 18: 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. However, the average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth, making it potentially painful when trying to fit extra teeth into an area with no extra space. These four other teeth are your Third Molars, also known as “Wisdom Teeth.” Wisdom teeth can improperly overcrowd, erupt, grow sideways, impact adjacent molars, partially emerge from the gum, and/or cause swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. Luckily, these problems can be resolved by removing the wisdom teeth.

Comforts and Concerns

Doctors Greene and Hanson are experts at wisdom teeth extraction and utilize the necessary forms of anesthesia to ensure minimal discomfort and maximum function during recovery. Concerns, questions, and individual treatment nuances will be reviewed during your preoperative consultation.

Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

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, this does not generally happen. Wisdom teeth extraction is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully. These poorly positioned, impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Oral Examination

Through an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Doctors Greene and Hanson can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine the potential for any possible complications in the future. 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 or orthodontist, however, some people visit an oral surgeon on the first sign of any complication.

Procedure

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Doctors Greene and Hanson have the training, licenses and experience to provide various types of anesthesia to enable patients the best alternative. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and staff experienced in anesthesia techniques.