In-office Assessment and Removal
Learn about wisdom teeth and why they may need to be removed. We assess wisdom teeth for removal and perform extractions if necessary.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
The wisdom teeth are a third set of large molars. They are usually the last of the adult teeth to grow in. For many patients, there is no room in the jaw for the wisdom teeth to emerge correctly, and they can become impacted or misaligned. If we detect that this is happening, we will recommend extraction of the wisdom teeth before they erupt through the gums.Book Now
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Because the wisdom teeth are usually removed before they erupt, removal is usually a surgical procedure where the teeth are removed through incisions in the gums. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic or mild sedation. After the procedure, the incisions are closed with sutures.
After your appointment, we'll provide instructions on how to manage pain and swelling and keep the treatment areas clean. You will need to return to the office to have the sutures removed.Video: Extraction
Frequently Asked Questions
What are dry sockets? How do I know if I develop them?
A dry socket can occur when a blood clot fails to form after a tooth is extracted. This can result in the bones and nerves in the socket being exposed. Symptoms of dry socket include intense pain and swelling in the area of the extracted tooth. If you experience symptoms, contact your dentist immediately.
Can I keep my wisdom teeth?
If your dentist doesn’t detect any potential problems with your wisdom teeth, they may not need to be extracted. Your wisdom teeth should continue to be monitored to ensure no problems develop in the future.
Why are they called Wisdom Teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are the last set of adult teeth to grow in. They’ve historically been called wisdom teeth because they emerge in early adulthood when you are wiser and more mature.