Oral and Facial Surgery of the Shoals  
Oral and Facial Surgeery of the Shoals



Wisdom teeth (3rd molars) are the last teeth to errupt into the mouth. This usually occurs between the ages of 16 and 25.

Anthropolopists have noted that the rough diet of early man caused excessive wear on their teeth, this casued a normal shifting forward of teeth and allowed space for the third molars to errupt. The jaws of modern man are not generally large enough to accomodate these final four teeth.

An IMPACTED TOOTH is when there is not enough room in the dental arch for a tooth to fully errupt. Impacted and partially impacted teeth can be painful and lead to infection, they may also crowd or damage adjacent teeth or roots. More serious problems can occur if a cyst develops around the tooth.

Problems may arise with wisdom teeth without pain or symptoms. As wisdom teeth develop, their roots grow and the teeth become more difficult to remove, and complications become more likely. Your surgeon may recommend removal of these teeth, even if they are not causing you problems. Before surgery your surgeon will examine your mouth, x-ray and review your medical history. He will discuss with you what you should expect. This is a good time to ask questions and express concerns.

Extraction of wisdom teeth using special surgical techniques, can be performed in our office, or under certain circumstances in a hospital setting. You will be able to resume normal activities within a few days.