The removal of wisdom teeth is a routine procedure for our oral surgeons in Leominster, MA. Wisdom teeth are the final molars to mature fully. Since wisdom teeth are the last to develop and larger than other teeth in size, they are more susceptible to infection and impaction. At Central Mass Oral Surgery, Drs. Colarusso and Baran are all experienced in the extraction of wisdom teeth and can complete the procedure in the comfort of our oral surgery office. It is important to begin screening for wisdom teeth early before they cause other oral health problems. If your dentist has told you that you should have your wisdom teeth removed, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our practice.
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
Every patient’s wisdom teeth grow and mature at different rates. Usually, these last molars can begin erupting through the gums in the early teens and reach their full size in a patient’s early 20s. Many times patients grow an average of four wisdom teeth, but it is also common to grow fewer or even more than four. As wisdom teeth mature, they can struggle to grow into the mouth fully because they do not fit properly in the dental arch. This lack of space can cause dental crowding, periodontal disease, and even promote the development of cysts in the jaw. These issues can be solved and, even better, avoided by undergoing an extraction procedure with one of our oral surgeons.
To determine when wisdom teeth removal is right for you, your doctor will complete an oral examination and X-ray evaluation of your mouth and the affected areas. Dr. Colarusso or Dr. Baran will discuss all of your options for treatment to develop the best plan for long-term oral health.
Complications of Wisdom Teeth
Our experienced surgeons regularly remove wisdom teeth at our office in Leominster, MA. Wisdom teeth infection or impaction can cause oral health problems, such as the following:
- Damage to nearby teeth or tooth roots
- Dental crowding
- Cysts and tumors
- Periodontal disease (gum infection)
Patients who do not evaluate and remove wisdom teeth in a timely fashion tend to experience one of the above complications. Regular checkups with your dentist help detect wisdom teeth before they cause problems, track their growth, and remove them at the proper time. In some cases, the wisdom teeth have plenty of room to develop and do not require extraction.
We will schedule your wisdom teeth removal procedure at the time of your initial consultation. We will review the entire plan for treatment during this appointment, including your pre-operative and post-operative care instructions and anesthesia options. Many patients choose to undergo this procedure under IV sedation and rest comfortably during the entire treatment.
The length of your procedure is often dependent on the number and the position of the teeth that your oral surgeon is removing. After administering the anesthesia, your surgeon will move the overlying gum and bone tissue aside and remove the tooth. We will suture the area of surgery, and you will rest until your anesthetic wears off. If you received IV anesthesia, a responsible adult must drive you home and monitor you until the sedation has worn off.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth at Central Mass Oral Surgery
Our dedicated team at Central Mass Oral Surgery provides a comforting and supportive environment at our Leominster, MA, office. Please contact our office staff to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Colarusso or Dr. Baran, or with questions about your upcoming wisdom teeth removal procedure.