When our permanent teeth grow in, we may think we have reached dental maturity. There remain, however, four teeth beneath the gums, which tend to grown in somewhere between the ages of 17 and mid-twenties. These third molars have long been known as “wisdom teeth,” and are regularly removed by experienced oral surgeons.
The extraction of wisdom teeth is a common procedure, performed under local anesthetic and, often, sedation. Impacted wisdom teeth are more complex, and require careful planning. At the Center for Implant Dentistry in Fremont, we use state-of-the-art technology in the planning of oral surgery procedure. This technology provides us with the most accurate view of the area beneath the gums. We are not only able to locate impacted wisdom teeth, but also their roots. The importance of root location is the determination of how best to protect the nerve from damage during the extraction process.
There are inherent risks in the removal of wisdom teeth. These include: