Wisdom Teeth

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.

Q&A

Why should you remove your wisdom teeth?

  • Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and the gum tissue is healthy and wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum in bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

Why remove impacted teeth?
  • Impacted teeth can cause many problems, partially erupted wisdom teeth can allow bacteria to grow and will eventually cause infection resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness and illness. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of jawbone and adjacent healthy teeth. Removal of the impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Upon discharge, post-operative instructions will be given to you by the dental assistant. Dr. Gedeon prescribes medication to help with healing, pain and prevention of infection. The office staff will call the prescriptions in to your pharmacy so that they can be picked up on your way home from surgery.