Wisdom Teeth

Wisdomtooth-1Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaws. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

Wisdom tooth-2A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The Doctors at Today’s Dentistry will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so you are asleep during the procedure. Dr. Carroll has 25 years experience in IV Sedation and Wisdom teeth removal and Today’s Dentistry offers three dentists (Dr. Morgan, Dr. Reddy and Dr. Carroll) trained and certified in IV Sedation. The day of surgery you will come in, be taken to a surgical suite where you will be placed on a patient monitor, and given IV sedation in which you will immediately feel relaxed and then fall into a light sleep.

Left untreated patients may incur other significant problem such as bone loss or tooth decay on the adjacent tooth.

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