By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth, but the size of the mouth may only accommodate 28 teeth properly and comfortably. The four teeth which are located in the upper and lower jaws in the last positions are called third molars, or wisdom teeth.
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia (IV sedation). These options as well as surgical risks will be discussed with you during your consultation visit with Dr. Gedeon.
NOTE: If you have an extensive medical history or suffer from a heart condition or sleep apnea, general anesthesia (IV sedation) will not be an option for you.
Upon discharge, post-operative instructions will be given to you by one of our staff personnel. Dr. Gedeon will prescribe you medication to help with healing, pain and the prevention of infection. We work with a pharmacy who delivers the medications right to our office so you can go directly home when your surgery has been completed. Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment with complete attention to your well-being and comfort.
Why should you remove your wisdom teeth?