The last set of molars in our mouths, more commonly known as the wisdom teeth, is a remnant of times when humankind had to eat much tougher foods. Since then, we’ve outgrown the need to grind out food to oblivion to get the nutrients out, and now the wisdom teeth can cause many different issues if they grow in improperly.
If space is tight in the mouth, the wisdom teeth can grow in improperly in a number of ways. They can partially erupt, which leaves a flap of gum tissue over the tooth that is very vulnerable to infection and the tooth becomes more prone to decay. They can try to grow in sideways, which can affect the eruption of the second molar, and they can increase the likelihood for cysts and other pathologies that can severely threaten the health of the mouth.
As you prepare to get them removed, Drs. Greg Hueler & Dr. Noah Sandler will take x-rays to determine how best to remove them. The procedure is different based on whether the teeth are still impacted in the jaw or if they have erupted. Our oral surgeons will numb the area where the tooth will be removed, and may also use a general anesthetic so you sleep through the surgery. If the tooth is impacted or difficult to remove, they may cut the tooth into pieces for easier removal.
If you or your teens need your wisdom teeth removed in Savage, Shakopee, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, be sure to call Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 952-226-7940. We will be happy to help you.