Removal of Wisdom Teeth in a Relaxed Setting
Wisdom teeth, or “third molars”, are the last set of teeth to develop on each side of the jaw. These teeth usually emerge from the gum line between the ages of 16 and 20. When the jaw is not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they do not emerge fully, or not at all, causing various dental issues.
An oral surgeon can remove wisdom teeth in a routine procedure, performed under local anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the patient’s preference. Learn more about sedation methods on our sedation page.
When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
When wisdom teeth first erupt, are misaligned, partially impacted or fully impacted, it is best to have them removed immediately. Complications such as inflamed gums, misalignment and damage to adjoining teeth, cavities and sinus pain may occur if impacted wisdom teeth remain. It is generally recommended that patients in their late teens and early twenties have their wisdom teeth removed, as they can expect a faster and more predictable recovery time than an older patient.
Choosing a Denver Oral Surgeon
Lowry Main Street Dental is a full-service dental office. We have all the professionals you need under one roof, including an oral surgeon, an endodontist, and a periodontist. Oral surgery may be necessary not only for wisdom tooth removal, but for procedures as varied as dental implants, jaw surgery, correction of TMJ disorders, or even surgery to correct sleep apnea.