Wisdom Teeth Removal from Chicago Oral Surgeon Dr. Steven Koos
Stories abound about how wisdom teeth got their name. The third molars are the last of the permanent teeth to erupt, typically making their presence known between the ages of 15 and 25 – considered by some to be a wiser stage of life. You can argue the validity of this hypothesis, but you can’t ignore the facts about wisdom teeth. Just because they may not be bothering you currently does not mean that they are not causing significant problems “under the radar”.
The Problem(s) with Wisdom Teeth
Our jaws aren’t constructed to accommodate wisdom teeth. As a result, wisdom teeth often remain encased in gum or bone tissue, so they are referred to as impacted teeth, but they continuously attempt to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause tooth pain, pressure, jaw pain and tooth infection. However, in most cases, patients experience no outward symptoms with their wisdom teeth – so patients are often unaware of the damage and major issues that wisdom teeth cause if they are not removed and falsely think that nothing is wrong. Unknowingly to patients, un-erupted or partially erupted wisdom teeth cause decay, resorption, and injury to adjacent teeth. Additionally, aggressive cysts may also form around an impacted wisdom tooth and put the jawbone, nerves, and adjacent teeth at risk for severe damage. When wisdom teeth do erupt, they often crowd existing teeth, increasing your likelihood of developing tooth decay and gum disease with the rest of your teeth.
Sedation Dentistry for Safe, Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal
If removal is recommended for your wisdom teeth, Chicago oral surgeon and sedation dentist Dr. Steven Koos will prepare you for your oral surgery by explaining the details of your treatment, answering all of your questions, and working with you to ensure that you approach your upcoming procedure with confidence. Sedation dentistry is proven effective to alleviate anxiety and eliminate discomfort for a safe, soothing experience. Dr. Koos will perform your oral surgery with adherence to evidence-based stringent standards that result in clinical excellence and reliable outcomes.