Wisdom Tooth Extractions (aka 3rd Molar Extractions)

Wisdom teeth (or 3rd molars) are the teeth located on each side in the back of the mouth. They typically begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 21.  It is recommended that individuals between the ages of 16-19 consult their dentist to evaluate if their wisdom teeth need to be removed.  Removing these teeth before the age of 20 can help reduce the risk of complications.

The most common reason for 3rd molar extraction is impaction.  They become impacted when there is not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt normally.  When an impacted wisdom tooth is trying to erupt, it can cause damage to other teeth and potentially lead to pain and other dental problems.  

Although there are different types of anesthesia available for the procedure, the most common and preferred method is to utilize intravenous (IV) sedation to make the extractions as stress free and comfortable as possible.

This procedure is safe with very low complication rates if done correctly.  Dr. Matt Edwards and his staff have extensive training and many years of experience in all dental extractions, including 3rd molar cases under IV sedation.   Feel free to contact our office for a consult today.  Dr. Edwards will go over every detail of what will happen during the extractions, the type of anesthesia that will be used, and instructions for the day of the procedure and post-op care.