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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can overcrowd your surrounding teeth and cause decay on the adjacent tooth. Some may experience ongoing toothaches that lead to bad headaches.

What are wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are the last set of your adult teeth to grow in, typically emerging from your gums during your late teens or early 20s. Your wisdom teeth sit in the very back of your mouth behind your molars. They can either fully emerge, partially emerge, or sometimes stay buried in your gum tissue.

What are the common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth?

Your wisdom teeth can press on your nerves or overcrowd your surrounding teeth, causing your gum line to become inflamed and bleed. Some patients experience ongoing toothaches that lead to bad headaches.

Besides pain, an impacted wisdom tooth can cause other symptoms. This includes:

  • Gum issues like inflammation, redness, tenderness, or bleeding

  • Pain or swelling in the jaw

  • Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

  • Trouble fully opening your mouth

How are wisdom teeth removed?

Our dentists can perform a common surgical procedure to remove one or all of your wisdom teeth. The surgery typically lasts between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of teeth that require extraction.

Sometimes, the procedure involves making an incision in your gum tissue and bone to remove your tooth. If this is the case, our dentists will use dissolvable stitches to close the incision. These stitches go away on their own after a few days. You will be given a type of sedative to ensure your comfort during the extraction process.

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