Wisdom Teeth Removal

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Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, usually develop sometime during the late teens and mid-twenties. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have less or none at all. When properly aligned, removing wisdom teeth is not necessary. This is not generally the case, however, and most people do not have jawbones large enough to accommodate all four emerging teeth — and that can pose a number of problems. Wisdom tooth extraction may be the best course of action in cases where infection, inflammation, pain or crowding is present.

For this reason, Grove Dental recommends that you maintain regular dental checkups to monitor the condition of your wisdom teeth. With four locations in Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Lombard and Wheaton, our Board Certified oral surgeons can safely and comfortably handle your wisdom teeth procedure.

Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

Since your wisdom teeth are the final set of permanent teeth to develop, there’s a good chance that there won’t be enough room in your mouth for them to erupt properly. The teeth may erupt sideways, partially or become impacted in the jaw, leading to pain, infection, overcrowding and swelling. One or all of your wisdom teeth may need to be removed to prevent issues from occurring or to correct problems that are already present.

The most common reasons for wisdom teeth extractions include:

  • An impacted or poorly aligned third molar can crowd or damage surrounding teeth, the jawbone or nerves.
  • Crowded teeth are more difficult to clean, and therefore, more prone to decay and gum disease. Crowding will also often reverse the beautiful effects that a patient has previously attained from orthodontics.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth may lead to the formation of cysts or tumors.
  • Partially erupted wisdom teeth may result in painful, swollen and infected gums as bacteria can more easily enter the opening around the tooth.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure

The position of the wisdom teeth determine the method of removal. A fully erupted third molar can usually be removed like any other tooth, while an impacted wisdom tooth may require surgical extraction with local anesthesia and conscious sedation. Recovery following wisdom teeth extraction usually lasts only a few days.

  • Initial consultation will allow the dentist to complete a custom approach for your wisdom teeth extraction.
  • Day of extraction will include the surgery and instructions for at-home care.
  • After extraction the dentist will schedule a follow up appointment to ensure a steady healing process.

In-house wisdom teeth removal at Grove Dental

The best time to have wisdom teeth removed is before they cause serious problems. As part of your routine visit to Grove Dental, our staff will combine modern diagnostic equipment and expert techniques to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.

If it is determined that you would benefit from wisdom teeth removal, our in-house oral surgeons can coordinate everything for you right in our office. Your comfort is our top priority, and we will do whatever it takes to make sure you understand all your options and feel at ease throughout surgery. Make an appointment at our Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, Lombard or Wheaton office today!