Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars most people grow in their late teens or twenties. Under ideal circumstances, your wisdom teeth should grow straight like any other tooth. It is, however, common for wisdom teeth to misalign your regular teeth or become impacted inside the jaw or under the gums. When wisdom teeth began to protrude through your gums, they may cause irritation and pain. If any of these situations result, they may need to be removed.

At General Dentistry Centers, we understand that wisdom teeth can be difficult to live with. We recommend getting them removed early to make the procedure easier and tolerable.

Wisdom Tooth Problems

The problems involving your wisdom teeth may be caused by the size of your jaw and/or by how crowded your teeth are. Common warning symptoms of an unnatural problem concerning your wisdom teeth could be pain and swelling.

Other symptoms can be caused by:

  • Infections in the gums.
  • A crowded tooth displacing neighboring teeth.
  • A decayed wisdom tooth.
  • Poorly positioned wisdom teeth.
  • A cyst that destroys bone.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

We want the removal of your wisdom teeth to be as smooth and comfortable as possible. That’s why we offer sedation with careful monitoring by our dentists and staff.

The process involves:

  • An incision made in the gums.
  • The overlaying bone being removed to expose the crown of the tooth.
  • The tooth being extracted as a whole. Under certain circumstances, it may be necessary to remove in pieces. This is generally done for severely impacted wisdom teeth.
  • The area being stitched closed and allowed to heal.