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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Removing teeth is not something any good dentist would recommend lightly, and that includes wisdom teeth. Though they are often extracted, the removal of this third set of molars is not a foregone conclusion. At Common Park Dental, we carefully evaluate patients’ smiles and help them determine whether or not tooth extraction is necessary to protect overall oral health. Our Worcester dentist and team are here to help you achieve and maintain your healthiest smiles at every age and stage of dental development. Please contact us to find out more or schedule a wisdom tooth evaluation.

Wisdom Tooth Evaluation

We recommend kids have their first wisdom tooth evaluation around the age of ten or eleven. At this point, we can typically see the developing molars below the gum line. We may not be able to determine whether or not extraction is necessary right away, but we’ll begin monitoring the third molars and providing patients with information about their development. If we notice surrounding teeth moving out of alignment, see that the tooth is improperly positioned, or notice any other concerns, we can begin planning for wisdom tooth extraction. If we don’t notice any concerns as wisdom teeth develop, we’ll likely encourage patients to allow them to fully erupt before making the decision to remove their wisdom teeth.

When We Recommend Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth develop and emerge from the gum line late in life, typically in the teens or early twenties. Our ancient ancestors needed this additional set of teeth as coarse diets and poor hygiene lead to frequent tooth loss. However, with the continual advancement in preventive dentistry, wisdom teeth are no longer necessary for most people. This additional set of teeth is often extracted because there simply isn’t enough room in the jawline to accommodate the third set of molars. We recommend wisdom tooth removal in the following situations:

The Wisdom Tooth Removal Process

Wisdom teeth can either be “pulled” or surgically removed. Pulling is the ideal situation. That means the tooth has fully erupted from the gum line, but it has not yet completely fused with the jawbone. These extractions are much more comfortable for patients. We simply numb the mouth. Then, the wisdom tooth is grasped with forceps and rocked back and forth until it breaks loose from the socket and can be pulled out.

Surgical removal is required if the wisdom tooth is impacted (unable to erupt), shifting the tooth could damage or move surrounding teeth, or the tooth has become too firmly anchored to the jaw. A surgical wisdom tooth extraction can be as minor as simply cutting away a small amount of gum tissue. The more fully fused with the jawline the tooth becomes, the more difficult it will be to extract. We may need to break the tooth into smaller pieces and remove gum tissue and supportive alveolar bone in order to completely extract the tooth.