Wisdom Teeth Removal

Third Molar Extraction

The form of the human face and jaws has developed and changed due to the normal evolutionary process over thousands of years. At this point in history, we find a mismatch between the size of our jaws, and the size & number of our teeth. By the age of eighteen the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing. The last four molar teeth that erupt are the third molars also known as wisdom teeth. Accommodating space within the jaws for these teeth is almost always difficult if ever possible. Rarely when they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth may not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not happen often and even when wisdom teeth erupt through the gum tissue they rarely provide any meaningful function and are always difficult to keep clean and therefore always suffer from deep decay or gum disease.

Contact us for more information about Wisdom Teeth Extraction or to schedule an appointment with Oral Surgeon Dr. Manuel La Rosa.

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Poorly positioned and impacted wisdom teeth can cause many problems. When they partially erupt through the gums, the opening (pocket) around the tooth traps food debris and allows bacteria to grow. Bad breath is one early result of this problem. Progression leads to infection, swelling, jaw stiffness, pain, and illness. The presence of poorly positioned wisdom teeth can also cause bone loss and decay around the adjacent molar, as well as a disruption of the natural alignment of dentition and disruption of the otherwise perfect alignment obtained after braces (orthodontic treatment).  Serious problems occur when tumors or cysts develop around an impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and otherwise healthy teeth.

Removal of poorly positioned wisdom teeth avoids potentially serious problems. Early removal is recommended because the procedure is easier, complications are fewer, and healing will progress faster and more completely.

Newly published scientific studies demonstrate a strong link between dental infections, gum tissue inflammation, and serious systemic problems. They are the result of the byproducts of inflammation entering the bloodstream and are thought to contribute to the advancement of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and in women preterm births and low birth weight infants.  Unfortunately all of these conditions (dental infections, gum tissue inflammation) are frequently found in the wisdom teeth area.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation


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Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Manuel La Rosa can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if they may be future problems.

Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years as early as 12 years of age.  If your dentist has not referred you or your family member for evaluation, please make sure that you call us to schedule an examination.

Removal

The removal of the third molar is frequently performed under intravenous anesthesia to maximize your comfort. You will rest and recover under our supervision until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include postoperative instructions and the necessary prescriptions. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions while you are recovering from the extractions.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

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Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

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5 out of 5 stars based on 19 Wisdom Teeth Extractions reviews.

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This apt was for my special needs grand daughter to have all wisdom teeth extracted. everyone in this office handled her extremely nice. she is 21 but functions around 5 years old. they had her laughing and comfortable right away at the first apt. The day of surgery she was pretty nervous but they put her needs right up front and had her doing just fine. Dr. Manuel is the the best, very compassionate and we couldn't ask for a better experience. We would highly recommend him and his staff for any special dental needs. Thanks to everyone who made this so much less stressful for all of us.

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Great care! Would return again if further treatment needed!

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Very friendly and good service.

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They get you in right away, are very friendly, and do a great job!

- Rachel E

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Ten out of ten go to them

- Nicole C

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Very painless process should of done it sooner. Thanks for the great care given by all staff members.

- Chris R

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Outstanding service and care. Highly recommend them

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I was fearful of complications and recovery time, but things could not have gone better. I am thinking about an implant, and would definitely come back if I have that done

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I would HIGHLY recommend this dental practice for anyone, especially those who have any anxiety relating to going or having procedures done at the dentist. I had not been to a dentist for almost 20 years and was avoiding having my wisdom teeth out . I am over 50 and it was an incredibly comfortable experience. Love them!!,

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Such an amazing experience! I loved coming here. Everyone was so nice and friendly and always made me smile. They took such good care of me. I also love that I can contact them 24/7 if I have questions.

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Thank you so much for dealing with me. I swear I'm 25 going on 12. You guys are honestly so nice and helped me get over the nerves. They have some great hand holders in here. Keep up the good work!!

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This office exceeded our expectations! After treatment me not only did we received a call from the doctor that evening but the next day a nurse called to check on us as well! A+

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