Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. 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. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

  • These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems.
  • The opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. This results in swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness.
  • Pressure from the wisdom teeth may move other teeth,  disrupting the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth.
  • Tumors or cysts may form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone 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.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Dietrich will evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth, and discuss present or possible future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.


In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under office based general anesthesia or IV sedation. Tn some cases, only local anesthesia may be required. These options, as well as the surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics, and if needed a follow-up appointment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Canton Office Phone Number 330-494-6653.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview

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