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. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result can be swelling, stiffness, pain, or even 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 jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems.

Oral Examination

With a consultation and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Tawfilis can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be 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.

Surgery is performed in our office on an outpatient basis. Dr. Tawfilis has a license and experience to provide intravenous sedation for your comfort and safety.


Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques. In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under intravenous (IV) sedation. Anesthesia options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure in the consultation.

Once the teeth are removed, you will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, we will review the post-operative instructions with you and the person taking you home as well as giving you a written copy.

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