Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Maybe it’s no surprise when we tell you that wisdom teeth removal is one of our most popular services. That being said, we choose not to focus on the quantity of surgeries we perform, but rather take great pride in offering each of our patients a promise of comfort and quality.

By the time most people reach their late teens or early 20s, they have developed their 32 permanent teeth. In many instances, there is not enough room for the third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, to grow in the mouth without causing problems with adjacent teeth, tissue or bone. If this is the case, we like to discuss the benefits and risks of electively removing the wisdom teeth with the patient.

Why should I remove my wisdom teeth?

Removing the wisdom teeth is recommended when the teeth are prevented from properly growing within the mouth, cannot be kept clean, cause problems with adjacent teeth or have problems themselves. They may grow sideways, partially emerge through the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

wisdom teeth issues

These poorly-positioned, impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems.  Early removal is recommended to hopefully prevent future problems and to minimize the risks associated with surgery.

Oral Exam

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Abel can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- to late-teenage years by their dentist or orthodontist and then referred to an experienced oral surgeon.

Most wisdom teeth surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art office under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Abel has the training, licensure and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients and to select the best alternative for their individual case. These include local anesthesia, a sedative (combination of an oral medication with some “laughing gas” and local anesthesia) or, more commonly, an IV anesthetic. Occasionally, special circumstances dictate that the procedure be performed with general anesthesia in the controlled environment of a hospital operating room or a surgery center.

Removal

Anesthetic options as well as the surgical risks will be discussed with you before the procedure is scheduled. Once the teeth are removed, you will rest under our supervision in the office until your active bleeding has stopped and you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include written postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, and other materials you may need.

The office will follow up with a phone call approximately one week after the 3rd molar surgery and depending on how you are doing at that point will determine whether or not you will need to return for a post-op appointment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 603-622-9441. Alternatively, many post-op questions may be answered by going to the “Patient Instructions” section of this website or by referring to the provided “post-op instructions” sheet.