By adulthood, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 on the top and 16 on the bottom. Unfortunately, most adults’ mouths can comfortably fit only 28 teeth. There is not often space within the mouth to accommodate these last four teeth to erupt, known as wisdom teeth. When space is limited many people choose to have these teeth extracted because impacted or un-erupted wisdom teeth can lead to discomfort, swelling, and even infection.
Oral Exam and Consultation
An oral exam and consultation of x-rays can help Dr. Vincent evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and predict whether or not they will become a problem in the future. This evaluation is generally done when the patient is in his or her teenage years when wisdom teeth are most likely to erupt.
If Dr. Vincent feels that removing your wisdom teeth is the best course of your treatment, outpatient surgery will be performed using the appropriate form of anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Dr. Vincent has training and experience using a variety of methods to ensure you have the best possible experience.
Wisdom teeth are commonly removed using local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide), or IV (general) anesthesia. These options and the associated risks will be discussed between you and Dr. Vincent at your surgical consultation to decide upon the best patient care plan to suit your needs.