Wisdom teeth are usually the last tooth to erupt in the mouth. There are typically four wisdom teeth but some patients can have more or less than four. Very often there is not enough room in the jaws to accommodate these teeth and they remain impacted (not in the proper position). In this awkward position the wisdom teeth can cause many problems some of which can become painful. In addition to pain; swelling and trismus (inability to open the jaw) may arise. Infections associated with wisdom teeth can be life threatening or lead to extended hospitalizations. Since the wisdom teeth are far back in the mouth they are the most difficult to clean. This fact makes wisdom teeth the most susceptible to cavities, allows for harboring of bacteria, and can lead to bone loss. Over time the situation can jeopardize neighboring teeth and even shift the other teeth altering the bite or occlusion (the way the teeth normally come together). The wisdom teeth or third molars can also be associated with pathological conditions such as cysts or tumors that can become quite large over time. Even when wisdom teeth erupt normally into the mouth they are still the most difficult to clean and may need to be removed due to cavities. At Naperville Oral Surgery, Dr. Joshua Foxson will take the time to review your individual situation and answer all of your questions so you are comfortable with the care provided.
For more information please see the white paper on evidence based third molar surgery from AAOMS (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons).
Wisdom Teeth Naperville and surrounding areas removed in a caring, clean, state of the art practice – contact us now for an appointment at Naperville Oral Surgery, 630-708-6637 (OMFS).