Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18, 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 average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are unable to properly erupt within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

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

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays or a CT scan of the mouth, Dr. Heggland can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and identify any problems already present,  or predict likely 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 by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Heggland has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Removal

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under general anesthesia supplemented by local anesthesia, with some cases suitable for treatment with only laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) and local anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., possible sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured.  You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, and any other necessary medications, and a follow-up appointment in one week. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Frisco Office Phone Number (970) 668-1314 or Frisco Office Phone Number (970) 668-1314.

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5 out of 5 stars based on 27 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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Everyone was extremely nice, welcoming, and helpful. As someone who was dreading this procedure, I immediately felt safe and in good hands.

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professional and competent!

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I went in to plan out the wisdom tooth extraction- went to schedule the procedure for sometime in the next 2 weeks but they came back saying they could do it on the spot. Got it done quickly and professionally. Would 100% recommend and come back to.

- Pablo C

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Was This Your First Visit?
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Yes
Will You Return For Additional Care If Needed?
Yes
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no issues
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they're busy, and have a split office but it beats going to Denver any day.
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less than expected.
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very professional- no issues
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very professional- friendly.