Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last to emerge in the back of the mouth. While they can be valuable for chewing if they emerge properly and align correctly with adjacent teeth, they often become impacted due to lack of space in the jaw, leading to various dental problems. Our oral surgeon in Huntersville, NC, usually recommends the extraction of wisdom teeth to prevent issues such as overcrowding, misalignment, infection, cysts, and damage to neighboring teeth or bones.

Removing impacted wisdom teeth can alleviate pain, prevent future complications, and preserve overall oral health and function. Early evaluation by our oral surgeon at The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is crucial to determine the need for extraction and prevent potential complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth.

Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extraction 


  • Wisdom teeth may become impacted, meaning they fail to fully erupt through the gum line due to lack of space in the jaw or improper alignment. 
  • Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, swelling, and discomfort in the back of the mouth.


  • Wisdom teeth can cause crowding or shifting of adjacent teeth as they attempt to emerge. 
  • Crowding can lead to bite problems, misalignment, and difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene. 


  • Impacted wisdom teeth create pockets where bacteria accumulate, increasing the risk of infection and inflammation. 
  • Infections around wisdom teeth can cause symptoms such as swelling, redness, pain, and difficulty opening the mouth. Contact us today to learn more! 

Cysts or Tumors 

  • Wisdom teeth can develop cysts or tumors, fluid-filled sacs, or abnormal growths that can damage surrounding teeth, bones, and nerves. 
  • Left untreated, cysts or tumors associated with wisdom teeth can lead to severe complications and require surgical intervention. 

Gum Disease 

  • Impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to the development of gum disease (periodontitis) by making it difficult to clean around them. 
  • Gum disease can lead to gum recession, bone loss, and eventual tooth loss if left untreated. 

Damage to Adjacent Teeth 

  • Wisdom teeth that emerge at an angle or in a misaligned position can exert pressure on adjacent teeth, leading to damage, decay, or erosion of tooth enamel. 
  • Addressing impacted wisdom teeth through extraction can help preserve the integrity and health of neighboring teeth. 

Orthodontic Considerations 

  • For individuals undergoing orthodontic treatment, the presence of wisdom teeth can interfere with tooth alignment and compromise treatment outcomes. 
  • Extraction of wisdom teeth may be recommended to prevent orthodontic relapse or maintain the results of orthodontic treatment. 

Preventive Measures 

  • Proactively removing asymptomatic wisdom teeth can prevent potential future problems and complications associated with their eruption. 
  • Many dentists recommend early evaluation of wisdom teeth during adolescence to assess their development and determine the need for extraction before issues arise. 

The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Process 

The wisdom teeth extraction process is a multi-step procedure designed to alleviate discomfort, prevent complications, and preserve oral health. It typically begins with an initial evaluation by a dentist or oral surgeon, where X-rays are taken to assess the position and condition of the wisdom teeth. Based on the assessment, a personalized treatment plan is developed, and the patient receives instructions for pre-operative care. 

The patient is prepped for the procedure on the extraction day, and anesthesia is administered to ensure comfort. Depending on the case's complexity, the dentist or oral surgeon may perform a simple or surgical extraction for impacted wisdom teeth. Surgical techniques may involve making an incision in the gum tissue, removing bone tissue, and sectioning the tooth into smaller pieces for easier extraction. Once the extraction is complete, the surgical sites are cleaned, and sutures may be placed to promote healing. 

Patients receive detailed post-operative instructions on caring for the surgical sites and managing discomfort after the extraction. Pain medication, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed as needed. Patients are advised to rest, avoid strenuous activities, adhere to a soft diet, and practice proper oral hygiene to promote healing.

Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor healing progress and ensure the absence of complications, allowing patients to transition smoothly through the recovery process and regain optimal oral health and comfort. 

The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Extractions 

Prevention of Dental Complications 

One of the primary benefits of wisdom teeth extraction is the prevention of dental complications. Wisdom teeth often emerge at awkward angles or become impacted due to a lack of space in the jaw, leading to crowding, misalignment, and impaction. By removing problematic wisdom teeth before they cause problems, individuals can avoid needing more extensive dental treatments in the future, such as orthodontic treatment or root canal therapy. 

Alleviation of Pain and Discomfort 

Impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause significant pain and discomfort, including jaw stiffness, swelling, and soreness. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to headaches or earaches. By extracting problematic wisdom teeth, individuals can experience relief from these symptoms and enjoy improved oral comfort and function. 

Prevention of Oral Infections 

Wisdom teeth that are partially erupted or impacted can create pockets of space around the gums, making them susceptible to bacterial infection and inflammation. This condition, known as pericoronitis, can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty eating or swallowing. Wisdom teeth extraction removes the source of infection, reducing the risk of oral infections and associated complications. 

Protection of Adjacent Teeth 

Impacted wisdom teeth can put pressure on adjacent teeth, leading to crowding, misalignment, or damage to neighboring teeth. By removing problematic wisdom teeth, individuals can protect the integrity and alignment of adjacent teeth, reducing the risk of orthodontic issues and preserving overall dental health. 

Visit The Center For Oral Surgery & Dental Implants at 9713 Northcross Center Court, Suite 100, Huntersville, NC 28078, or call (704) 875-8833 to discuss the benefits of wisdom teeth extraction and determine the right solution solution for you.


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