Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Cambridge
The average mouth is designed to hold a grand total of 28 teeth comfortably – but actually, virtually all patients have 32. These remaining four teeth are the last to emerge into a healthy smile, usually when you’re in your late teenage years or early adult years. They’re the third molars, more commonly known as “wisdom teeth,” and because of this late arrival and lack of overall space, a wide variety of potentially serious health problems can occur. In many cases, Dr. Jeff Lee recommends the surgical removal of your wisdom teeth to preserve overall oral health. Contact our team at Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery today to schedule a consultation!
Why should my wisdom teeth be removed?
If wisdom teeth are able to fully erupt into a patient’s existing smile, aligned properly and surrounded by healthy gum tissue, they can be retained. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. Instead, these four teeth are commonly subject to sideways growth, partial eruption, failed eruption, overcrowding, and other serious concerns that expose smiles to infection and pain. In fact, the natural alignment of teeth can be threatened, and tumors and cysts may form. Because of this, Dr. Lee typically recommends that wisdom teeth are removed early on as a preventive measure.
The Removal Process
We typically recommend that patients are first evaluated concerning their wisdom teeth in the mid-teenage years. This evaluation can be performed by Dr. Lee or a general dentist. With the help of detailed 3 dimensional digital X-rays and a thorough visual examination, Dr. Lee will locate the exact position of wisdom teeth and will discuss the risks and benefits of removing or retaining the teeth.
If removal of the wisdom teeth is deemed necessary, the procedure will be handled as precisely and comfortably as possible. Our team discusses surgical risks beforehand, and general anesthesia is available for those who are anxious or have a complex case involving impaction or other concerns. Removing wisdom teeth can be a simple or complex procedure. Once we’ve successfully completed the extraction, Dr. Lee sutures the gums and provides gauze to minimize bleeding. Our team at Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery provides detailed post-op instructions so your recovery proceeds smoothly.