Protect your oral health with wisdom tooth extraction
Wisdom Teeth Removal
At Columbia Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we provide state-of-the-art wisdom tooth extraction to protect the health of your smile. Our team of skilled oral surgeons can perform both simple and complex extractions, including the removal of impacted wisdom teeth.
Why are wisdom teeth removed?
The average jaw can comfortably accommodate 28 teeth. The third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, bump the total number of teeth to 32. Without sufficient space for these teeth to emerge, a range of issues can occur, including infection and overcrowding.
They are impacted
Wisdom teeth can become trapped in your jawbone or your gums. They may grow towards other teeth or the back of your mouth, causing discomfort, cysts, or damage to neighboring teeth.
They erupt at an angle
Your third molars may erupt fully but grow at the wrong angle. In this situation, they can press against other teeth, causing damage and changing the alignment of your smile.
You have decay or gum disease
Since the wisdom teeth are so far back, it is often difficult to clean them properly. Partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth can develop or cause health issues, which can spread to other areas of your mouth.
What to expect?
At Columbia Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, you can expect to receive the highest quality care throughout each phase of your wisdom tooth removal. For many patients, we can even perform their consultation and surgery on the same day.
We offer multiple forms of sedation and anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable. The specifics of your extraction will depend on whether your wisdom
teeth are impacted or not. Most patients are able to leave our office within 90 minutes.
We typically recommend you arrange for someone to drive you home and that you rest for the remainder of the day. For the first three days or so, you can use ice and moist heat to address discomfort and bruising. You should stick to soft foods during this time as well and drink plenty of fluids.