Wisdom teeth are the last of the adult teeth to develop in the mouth. Some patients grow just one or two wisdom teeth while others develop all four. Unfortunately, many patients do not have enough room to accommodate these teeth comfortably, and removal is necessary to avoid oral health problems.
At Central Mass Oral Surgery in Gardner, MA, our oral surgeons perform wisdom teeth extractions on a routine basis. Drs. Colarusso, Connors, and Baran can meet with you to assess the position of your wisdom teeth and develop a plan for removal during an initial consultation. Our friendly team is happy to assist you in scheduling your appointment and answering any questions you may have about your future treatment.
Removing My Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth grow into the very back of the mouth and are some of the largest teeth to develop. These molars can begin developing in the early teens and typically finish growth in the early 20s. Not all patients need to extract their wisdom teeth, but oral health problems can arise regardless of jaw shape and size or stage of growth.
A few common conditions caused by poorly positioned wisdom teeth include the development of cysts and tumors, dental crowding, gum and tissue infection.
- Dental crowding sometimes causes impaction, which is known as the most common condition that leads to wisdom teeth extraction treatment. When the wisdom teeth begin to erupt from the gums, they can grow at an improper angle, causing crowding and discomfort with the nearby teeth and tissue.
- Periodontal disease is a gum infection that will begin to loosen the teeth as their health declines, eventually requiring an extraction procedure.
- Cysts and tumors can develop from the infection of wisdom teeth as they erupt from a patient’s gums.
These conditions can cause further oral complications or lead to tooth loosening and discomfort in your dental arch. Most dental professionals recommend an extraction procedure to prevent these issues.
The Treatment Process
An initial consultation is the first step in assessing the growth and position of wisdom teeth and determine if removal is appropriate for you. During this appointment, our oral surgeons will review your medical history, complete a full oral examination, and an X-ray evaluation of your jaws and teeth. If we determine that an extraction is right for you, we will also discuss your options for anesthesia. Our experienced oral surgeons provide a range of sedation options, from simple local anesthesia to IV sedation, and we can administer your chosen anesthetic in the comfort of our oral surgery office.
After administering your chosen anesthetic, your surgeon will carefully extract the wisdom teeth. Removal of impacted wisdom teeth typically requests our team to remove any overlying gum tissue and bone to reach the teeth. The length of the procedure usually depends on the number and position of the wisdom teeth. Before and following the procedure, we will provide every patient with comprehensive instructions for post-operative care and answer all questions for a comfortable recovery.
Wisdom Teeth in Gardner, MA
At Central Mass Oral Surgery, our staff focuses on preserving a healthy and long-term smile. We often perform wisdom teeth removal during the early stages of growth before a patient reaches their early 20s. The sooner we extract problematic wisdom teeth, the easier the recovery and simpler the procedure is. Contact our office in Gardner, MA, to set up an initial consultation appointment with a member of our team. Drs. Colarusso, Connors, and Baran look forward to caring for you at our state-of-the-art facility.