Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop. They usually appear during the late teens and are positioned behind the upper and lower second molars (twelve-year molars). A person's jaw is often not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. Putting off removal of these teeth may result in complications; this may include pain, infection, crowding of teeth, damage to the surrounding teeth, inadequate bone healing, nerve injury and more.
Removal of wisdom teeth is usually performed in our office under IV sedation with local anesthesia and usually lasts about 45 minutes. Once the teeth have been removed, you will be given detailed post-op instructions. Patients will need a few days to recuperate and may have some swelling and discomfort. Patients will be given a prescription for pain management and possibly an antibiotic. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the recovery process.
The removal of wisdom teeth is a common procedure with minimal side effects. Although rare, Dr. Nelson will provide a comprehensive explanation of any risks and complications associated with the procedure; the most common being:infection, dry socket, numbness and sinus complications.