The average mouth is equipped to hold 28 teeth. However, by the age of 18 many individuals will have completed development of their third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. These teeth, usually two on the top and two on the bottom, are the last to develop in the back of your mouth.
There is rarely a functional need for third molars and when they try to erupt they often misalign your other permanent teeth. By removing the wisdom teeth, it can prevent the patient from dealing with pain, possible infections and disruption of previous orthodontic corrections. The ideal time for wisdom tooth removal is usually 16-19 years of age, before they are completely developed and have the potential to create problems.
Prior to coming in for your consultation, we ask that you watch this brief video regarding information on third molar removal. We require the patient and/or the consenting adult view our third molar removal video prior to signing our surgical consent form. The information contained in this video will allow the patient to be prepared in discussing their surgical care with one of our doctors.