Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Schaumburg or Wheaton, IL
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth (16 on the top and 16 on the bottom). However, the average mouth is made to accommodate only 28 teeth. It can become painful when 32 teeth try to fit inside a mouth designed for 28. Your four extra teeth are called your third molars or your “wisdom teeth” because they’re generally the last to develop. If they align correctly and your gum tissue remains healthy, they aren’t an issue. Unfortunately, this isn’t usually the case. Most need to have their wisdom teeth removed. If you need a wisdom tooth extraction in Schaumburg, Wheaton, or Downers Grove, turn to the experienced oral surgeons at Associates for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
Why Do Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
If your wisdom teeth come in sideways or partially emerge from your gums, they can become trapped beneath your gums and bones. As they attempt to find the room to grow, impacted wisdom teeth can take on many positions. If they’ve partially erupted, the opening around them can become a haven for harmful bacteria that can eventually lead to an infection. You’ll usually know when you have an infection due to swelling, stiffness, pain, or illness. The pressure from your erupting wisdom teeth can cause misalignments and other orthodontic issues. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to tumors or cysts, the destruction of your jawbone, cavities, and other serious complications. Early removal of your wisdom teeth is recommended to avoid future problems and to decrease your chances for surgical risks during the procedure.
What to Expect During Your Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment generally result in a better outcome for the patient. Therefore, we typically begin to examine and evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth while you’re in your mid-teens. All outpatient surgeries, including wisdom tooth extraction, are performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Dr. Forfar has the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative. These services are provided in a safe, clean environment that uses modern monitoring equipment and staff experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Schedule a Consultation with One of Our Oral Surgeons
If you’d like to talk to one of our oral surgeons at Associates for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery about wisdom teeth extraction in Schaumburg, Wheaton, or Downers Grove, please contact us to schedule a consultation at your convenience. We’re available to answer your questions and alleviate any concerns you may have about the wisdom tooth extraction procedure. You may also request an appointment online at your convenience.