Wisdom teeth are your molar teeth that are the farthest from the front of your mouth. Most adults have 4 wisdom teeth, one in each quadrant of the mouth (upper left/right, lower left/right). They usually erupt anytime between age 17 and 25, however, this range may vary. Wisdom teeth are usually extracted (the process of removing an entire tooth from your mouth).

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted?

Wisdom teeth affect the teeth adjacent to them and can cause shifting of teeth and also pain. They turn sideways or become impacted into your jaw bone and develop in irregular ways. Impaction may lead to serious infection. Everyone’s wisdom teeth are different and not everyone may need them extracted. Overall, they are extracted to help an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future.

To determine if an extraction is the right choice for your situation, we will perform a thorough exam, typically including X-rays.


Who Can Extract My Wisdom Teeth?

Both oral and maxillofacial doctors and general dentists (Dr. Brown & Dr. Huguelet) can remove wisdom teeth.


How Do I Know When I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Typically at your six month dental cleaning, Dr. Brown and Dr. Huguelet will examine your X-rays and can see whether or not your teeth are coming in. If you also experience pain or irritation, you can always give our office a call to schedule a consultation. The doctors will take X-rays and examine your mouth and teeth.

Are Extractions Painful?

With modern technology and specialized numbing techniques, an extraction will not be painful during the procedure. We will help you feel as comfortable as possible while in the chair. You can even listen to headphones while the procedure is being completed if that helps you relax.

Once the procedure is completed, you may be sore in your mouth the day(s) after. Our doctors will call you the following day to make sure you are feeling okay and to answer any of your questions. Our staff will also provide you with directions on how to care for you mouth. Each case is different, especially depending if your teeth were impacted or not.

Will My Insurance Cover the Cost of Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

Everybody’s insurance plan is different. The best thing to do is to call our office and our expert financial team members will be able to assist you, answer any questions, and find the best solution to meet your financial needs.