Wisdom Teeth: Is it time to have them removed?

shutterstock_35017306As the summer approaches, many teenagers and young adults utilize their break from school to schedule a suitable time to have their wisdom teeth evaluated. Studies show that 90% of patients will have a wisdom tooth removed in their lifetime. Wisdom teeth do not require removal if they are able to grow into one’s mouth completely and functionally, and are painless, cavity-free, disease-free, and surrounded by healthy gum tissue. Often, this is not the case and wisdom teeth are unable to completely break through the gum tissue. These types of teeth are classified as “impacted” and they are prone to disease even if one experiences no pain or symptoms. Wisdom teeth can lead to spontaneous pain, gum disease, damage to neighboring teeth, formation of aggressive cysts or tumors, and serious or potential life-threatening infections.

Wisdom teeth are typically removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Surgery involves low risks, and complications are minimized when surgery is performed between the ages of 15-25 years. At East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Rod Uribe and I are board certified surgeons who specialize in wisdom teeth extraction and the administration of intravenous sedation to help make your experience safe and comfortable. Please visit our website, www.eastgeorgiaoralsurgery.com, or call our office to schedule a consultation.

Suketu J. Patel DMD, MD

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