What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as “third molars,” typically appear in the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth (two in the top arch of teeth and two in the bottom), but some people may have just one, two, three, or even none. When wisdom teeth break through the gum, they are said to have “erupted.”
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
Wisdom teeth are considered to be impacted when they fail to erupt or only partially erupt through the gum tissue. Impacted wisdom teeth are very common and often cause no pain or problems. It’s important to remember that whether they are erupted or impacted, it is possible for wisdom teeth to cause problems if they are not properly cared for by brushing, flossing, and having regular visits to your dentist.
What are the symptoms of impaction?
An impacted wisdom tooth usually is associated with pain and toothache but can accompany a range of symptoms including:
- Pain in the lower jaw and side of the face
- Bleeding gums
- Difficulty in opening jaw
- Bad breath
- Unpleasant taste when eating
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Do you still need them removed if they don’t hurt?
Not necessarily. Impacted wisdom teeth may never present with symptoms yet still can put you at risk of potential complications
How will the dentist decide if i need wisdom teeth extracted?
Dr. Robinson will perform a full dental examination, including a history of your symptoms and health, assessment of your teeth and gums and dental imagery including x-rays that will confirm the diagnosis of your impacted wisdom teeth.
How much will it cost to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Every case varies because the treatment is dependent on the position and complexity of each tooth. We also take into consideration dental insurance. For more information on wisdom teeth costs, please contact our office
Can I be sedated during my wisdom teeth removal?
Sedation is an option for wisdom teeth removal; however, Dr. Robinson will want to review your health history, allergies and medications before proceeding with his treatment recommendation.
Will I feel pain during the procedure?
Depending on the complexity of the extraction, there are different anesthetic options that could be administered during the procedure to minimize the pain and discomfort during the extraction.