Wisdom Teeth

Third molars are often called “wisdom teeth,” and they generally show up in a patient’s late teens. Most of the time, they do not affect overall oral health. Still, there are times that they may. For example, if they grow in horizontally, adjacent teeth could be damaged. A bite misalignment may also develop. Impaction is another way wisdom teeth can affect a patient’s oral health. This means that they are not growing in at all and remain in the bone below the gumline. If that happens, it is recommended that they be removed to help maintain good oral health.

What Happens During the Removal and Afterward?

When you visit Dr. Hofkes to have your wisdom teeth removed, we will carefully explain the process before we begin. To help with your comfort, we may offer sedation during the procedure. A local anesthetic will be applied to the area surrounding the affected teeth. This helps numb the place where the extraction will take place. Dr. Hofkes will then remove the teeth. You may be prescribed pain medication to help you feel more at ease after the procedure. We will schedule a follow-up appointment with you to ensure your oral tissues are healing properly.

Schedule a Wisdom Teeth Procedure with Dr. Hofkes Today

Dr. Shawn Hofkes is here for all of your dental surgery needs, including sedation dentistry, wisdom teeth, dental implants, and full mouth reconstruction. Please contact one of our two offices to reserve your appointment.