Wisdom Teeth (or third molars) Concord NH
About Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth often end up being harmful “extra teeth”. Teaching center studies show that these late-growing teeth cause a variety of problems, from infections to jaw growths, to tooth crowding.
The average mouth is only large enough to hold 28 adult teeth; it can be painful when 32 teeth try to squeeze in. Your or your child’s four wisdom teeth are frequently just “bad news”.
Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow. If they develop or erupt properly and gum tissue is healthy, then wisdom teeth do not have to be removed.
Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. Frequently, these teeth try to grow in and there isn’t enough room. Dr. Levy sometimes compares them to “size 10 feet trying to get into size 8 shoes”. Wisdom teeth that are trapped in the jaw are often called impacted teeth. The removal of wisdom teeth is often necessary when they can’t properly grow into the mouth. In addition, many wisdom teeth grow sideways, partially break through the gum, or remain trapped completely beneath the gum.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. Often a small opening in the gum over an impacted wisdom tooth allows bacteria and dental plaque to grow, and will eventually cause an infection. The result can be: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. In addition, the pressure from the impacted wisdom tooth can move other teeth and result in harming your smile and bite. Finally, tumors or cysts can form around the impacted wisdom tooth. These can damage the jawbone and nearby healthy teeth, causing pain or other harm.
Recent medical and dental research supports the theory that chronic (or long term) infected wisdom teeth in some people can contribute to damage in other body areas, such as the blockage of heart vessels.
Early removal of impacted wisdom teeth is recommended by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to decrease future problems and surgical difficulty. Generally the difficulty and possible problems of wisdom tooth removal increase with a person’s age. Hundreds of respected research articles and studies support this conclusion.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Levy can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict the likelihood of present or future problems. Research has shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient.
Wisdom teeth are usually best evaluated by Dr. Levy when you or your child is a mid-teenager up to early twenties. Wisdom tooth surgery and postoperative recovery is often more predictable at that age. If your wisdom teeth become infected when you’re older, Dr. Levy will evaluate and counsel you about your needed treatment.
Outpatient surgery is performed under an appropriate Anesthesia to maximize you or your child’s comfort. Dr. Levy received Anesthesia training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Teaching Hospital. His training, combined with more than two decades of experience, enable him to provide various types of suitable anesthesia care. He is a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, a title gained by rigorous peer examination and experience.
These services are provided in an environment of attention and care. Dr. Levy and his staff have been heavily educated, and use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment so they can provide safe and pleasant Anesthesia Care. Dr. Levy will suggest taking you to the hospital for surgery if your medical condition makes that the best choice for you.
For his own care, Dr. Levy had one side of wisdom teeth removed with Anesthesia, and the other side with” novocaine”. He chose to do this so that he could advise his patients on which method might be best for them. Whichever method you choose, the Doctor can empathize with you as a former patient!