The Patient with Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The third molars, also known as the wisdom teeth, are the final teeth in the mouth to develop. The wisdom teeth are unique in their development in that they have many variations. Wisdom teeth often enter the mouth at unusual angles, have a variety of shapes, or may be unable to completely erupt due to limited space at the back of the mouth. Due to these variations, the wisdom teeth can often cause pain or complications. Studies show that wisdom teeth may be difficult for a patient to maintain hygiene and may cause crowding/shifting of the other teeth in the mouth. To prevent complications, the wisdom teeth are routinely removed. The procedure is done in the office under either local anesthesia, or with IV sedation. Dr. Sutera ensures the patient’s are fully comfortable and pampered throughout the third molar extraction procedure. Dr. Sutera generally recommends his patients to give themselves a vacation for a few days to rest at home. Healing after wisdom teeth removal produces mild to moderate bruising and swelling, and generally is uneventful after a few days rest. The patient will generally be able to return to their normal routine in 4 to 7 days.