Wisdom teeth are often referred to as "third molars" and are usually the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. Wisdom teeth often get displaced due to a lack of space. A partially exposed wisdom tooth is very prone to decay and bone loss. It often causes damage to the adjacent tooth. Even if you can't see your wisdom teeth, they often are still likely to develop decay and bone loss at some point in your life. The result can subject the patient to swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth 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 tooth, which may result in the destruction of the jawbone and other healthy teeth. It is necessary to remove wisdom teeth when they are impacted and have periodontal problems, also know as inflammation and pocketing around the teeth.
Surgery for removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local or general anesthesia to maximize comfort for every patient. Dr. Henderson has the training, licensing and experience to provide various types of anesthesia and he is able to assist his patients in selecting the best option for their surgical comfort needs. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, with state of the art monitoring equipment and staff experienced in anesthesia techniques.
We realize that having your wisdom teeth removed is not something you really want to do. We also realize that with an active schedule no time is a good time, however complications that arise from not removing your wisdom teeth will certainly compromise your already full schedule. Preventative care is always a time saver. Our Patient Care Coordinators will be more than happy to assist you with all your questions and scheduling needs.