Most adults have 32 teeth but only have room for 28 teeth in the mouth. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, usually begin to come in around age 17-25. For most young adults they do not have the space to accommodate these four molars and problems may arise because of this spacing issue. The extraction of one or more of these third molars to avoid further problems is a relatively common procedure, performed on millions of patients every year. After a thorough examination and diagnostic tests such as x-rays or a CT scan, you may be told that you should have your wisdom teeth extracted. Here are some typical reasons why:
A complete examination of the oral cavity including review of x-rays is recommended to determine if wisdom teeth removal is a good option for you. As with any procedure, the benefits and risks of the procedure must be weighed along with all treatment options. Your dentist may refer you to our office for evaluation of wisdom teeth due to pain, infection, future treatment planning, or to prevent future issues. Dr. Shigley and his staff will evaluate you and discuss your treatment options including specific risks and benefits to removal of wisdom teeth. All outpatient surgery at Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia and with the state of the art equipment to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Shigley and his staff have the specialized training and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to deliver care while maintaining patient comfort and peace of mind.