Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

wisdom tooth x-rayWisdom teeth are large molars that grow into the back of your mouth, and start appearing in young adults between the ages of 16 and 25. In some cases, they can grow into place normally, never requiring extraction or surgery.

Potential Complications

Typically a dentist will recommend removing wisdom teeth early on, before becoming fully developed, and before they cause other problems such as gum tenderness, pain or swelling. Wisdom teeth can also become impacted over time, which means they get stuck due to a lack of room, or the angle that the tooth is growing in. Impacted wisdom teeth, or wisdom teeth that are just too far back to keep clean, can cause cavities to form in adjacent teeth. For these reasons, once a wisdom tooth becomes impacted, it will need to be removed.

Each case is unique, and we usually begin by taking a panoramic X-ray or a 3D digital scan to help determine whether your wisdom teeth will require extraction. We may recommend removal of wisdom teeth earlier, rather than later on in life.


We recommend extracting wisdom teeth by your early twenties, since it’s more likely that the roots have not yet fully formed and bone surrounding wisdom teeth can be less dense. For these reasons, extraction can be easier and recovery time is reduced.

Removing a wisdom tooth starts with a local anesthetic and, in particular cases, sedation, when our patient is feeling nervous about the extraction procedure. In some instances, impacted wisdom teeth are still under the gums, embedded into the jawbone. In this case, a portion of the covering bone will need to be removed, to make extraction easier.
After extraction, recovery begins and the timeline can depend on the difficulty level of the procedure. We can provide you with the best information available to ensure a speedy recovery. And don’t worry, we have lots of experience.

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