The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. But by the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. It can be painful when these four other teeth, your Third Molars which are also known as “wisdom teeth”, try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. Wisdom teeth are often misaligned or impacted. If the wisdom tooth is partially or completely impacted, it will be necessary to perform an incision and minor surgery. Fortunately, at Millennium Park Oral Surgery, our oral surgeon will happily provide you with Chicago wisdom teeth removal, especially if those teeth are impacted. First, though, an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth will be taken so our doctors can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient.
Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. If you are approaching this age range, have never had your wisdom teeth evaluated, or if these extra molars are already causing you pain and discomfort, it is best you consult Millennium Park Oral Surgery for more information regarding Chicago wisdom teeth removal.