Third molars, which are also known as “wisdom teeth”, can cause problems when they do not come in fully or don’t emerge in the proper position.
They can lead to deep gum pockets that trap food, plaque and bacteria leading to infection of the gums. Wisdom teeth can also be difficult to clean properly and make it harder to get at the back surface of the second molars.
In some cases, we recommend removing your third molars as part of orthodontic alignment, to ensure your teeth have sufficient space.
What to expect
- When you come in for a regular checkup, an X-ray will reveal how your third molars are growing in or have grown in.
- Extracting third molars requires a separate appointment that usually takes 2-3 hours.
- You will be given local or general anesthetic. Normally general anesthetic is for patients who are nervous but may also be used if the procedure is complex.
- You will recover from the surgery in 1-2 days.