Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last of the permanent teeth in a person's mouth to erupt, typically during the teenage years. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each of the four quadrants. It is possible for a person to have more than four, less than four, or even none at all, but these are less common scenarios. When they erupt, there may be some discomfort. However, if there is any pain, you should make an appointment with your dentist/OMS surgeon as soon as possible to get a proper examination.
First, you will meet with Dr. Duncan for a consultation. This will include a review of current, past, and family medical history. There will be a thorough oral examination, as well as evaluations of your heart and lungs. A treatment plan will be formulated to include necessary procedures and materials, along with the duration and type of anesthesia (local, nitrous oxide, sedation, or general anesthesia). We will provide a treatment plan after Dr. Duncan has evaluated you. Please watch the video on the left of the page for more details.
If you are one of the people fortunate enough to have your wisdom teeth erupt properly, you may decide not to have them removed at this time. However, make sure you continue to have routine professional cleanings, annual exams, and periodic x-rays to watch for changes. Just because they are not a problem now does not mean they will not become an issue in the future.