Wisdom Teeth Extraction

There are usually three sets of permanent molars that develop in a person’s upper and lower jaw. Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last teeth to surface, usually between ages 17-25.  Most people get four wisdom teeth, but some don’t have any, and in some rare cases people end up with more than four.  At Dunsmuir dental we will observe your wisdom teeth through x-rays as part of regular examinations.

In many cases, wisdom teeth do not grow in properly and can be very painful. There is also the potential of having unhealthy gum tissue around them. Often, wisdom teeth do not erupt properly or become impacted, requiring them to be extracted. Left untreated impacted teeth can cause a range of problems, including misalignment of the jaw.

Even if not impacted, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean and often require removal to reduce the risk of decay and infection. To avoid potential problems later in life, most dentists remove patient’s wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth extraction is performed under local or general anesthetic and does not require an overnight stay.

We will examine your mouth and x-rays to determine whether or not your wisdom teeth are impacted or will not grow in properly. Impacted teeth may cause problems that can lead to infection, adjacent tooth resorption, gum disease, cysts, or tumors.

Symptoms of impacted teeth:

  • Pain and stiffness of the jaw
  • Infection in the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Facial swelling
  • Swelling of the gum line in the back of the mouth

If you suffer from discomfort or pain please do contact our office today to schedule an appointment.