Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

The eruption of four wisdom teeth (third molars) can pose a threat to your oral health.  Wisdom teeth often become impacted and can severely disrupt the alignment of your smile, cause infection damage the jawbone and lead to long-term oral health issues.


Is Wisdom Teeth Removal a Preventative Procedure?

Each year in the US more than 10 million wisdom teeth are removed.  Approximately 60 percent of these extractions are elective and not required at the time.


Should I Wait to Get My Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

If you wait too long to have your wisdom teeth removed, your jawbone and teeth begin to set.  As they get harder, the wisdom teeth are even more difficult to remove and the procedure becomes more complex.  We recommend wisdom teeth removal for patients in their late teens to early twenties.


Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

  • Jaw joint pain or aches
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Red, tender, bleeding or swollen gums
  • Headaches
  • Halitosis
  • Sour taste in your mouth
  • Difficulty opening & closing your mouth
  • Occasional swollen lymph nodes in the neck