Wisdom Teeth (Third Molar Extractions)

Why should I remove my wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth.  The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth.  They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems.  When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection.

The result:  swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness.  The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth.  The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the bone and healthy teeth.  Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems.  Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.



In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed with IV sedation.  In certain circumstances, wisdom teeth can be removed with local anesthesia.  These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed.  Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured.  To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth.  You will rest in our recovery room with nurse supervision until you are ready to be taken home.  Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include post-operative instructions, prescriptions (these will need to be filled at your pharmacy), gauze, and ice packs.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 701-255-4000 or toll free at 1-800-452-FACE.

Our services are provided in fully equipped operating suites meeting the standards of a licensed ambulatory surgery center; certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC).  Our nursing staff is trained in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).  In addition, Dr. Stanley is licensed to provide anesthesia.

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