Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Symptoms

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. Your first molars come in around age six. Your second set come in around age twelve. Your third set or wisdom teeth generally erupt between ages sixteen and twenty. There are usually four wisdom teeth but some people don’t have any and some only have one, two or three. The dentist will track the development of your wisdom teeth on a special type of x-ray called a panorex.

Why do they need to be extracted?

You may be told that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted. This may be necessary for a few reasons.

  1. The wisdom tooth may be partially erupted and infected or decayed.
  2. A cyst may have formed around an unerupted wisdom tooth. This destroys the bone surrounding the tooth.
  3. A poorly positioned wisdom tooth may crowd or damage the tooth in front of it.

If any of these conditions exist, you will be given a referral to the Oral Surgeon for treatment.

Who is the Oral Surgeon?

An Oral Surgeon is a Dentist who is specially trained in surgery of the mouth. We can help you set up the appointment with the Oral Surgeon. We can also send a copy of your panorex x-ray to their office. It is important to tell your dentist, as well as the Oral Surgeon, about any medical conditions you have or medications you take. Most Oral Surgeons will have you come in for a consultation before the actual extraction appointment. At the consultation, you can discuss the procedure and options for anesthesia. It is a good time to ask the Oral Surgeon any questions you have.

What can I expect after the extractions?

After surgery you will be given post operative instructions. It is very important to read, understand and follow these instructions in order to prevent any post operative problems. It is normal to experience swelling and discomfort. Also, it is not uncommon to feel a numbness or tingling sensation in the jaw or face. These symptoms should last only a few days. The Oral Surgeon can prescribe medication to alleviate the discomfort. If you do experience post operative problems, that last longer than a few days call either the Oral Surgeon or our office.

A few notes from your friends at Chemung Family Dental …

  • At age 13 – 15 we will recommend a panorex x-ray to evaluate the growth and development of the wisdom teeth.
  • If it is warranted, a referral may be made to the Oral Surgeons for removal of the wisdom teeth.
  • Our office will help you set up the appointment with the Oral Surgeon and send a copy of your x-ray to them.
  • You can call our office at (607) 734-2045 at any time to discuss the procedure and any post operative problems.


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