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Wisdom Teeth Removal and Extractions

What are Wisdom Teeth?

By the age of 18, an average adult has 32 teeth in the mouth with 16 on top and 16 on bottom. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. If an individuals teeth are properly aligned, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed, but most of the time this isn’t the case. The extraction of wisdom teeth is usually necessary to prevent further teeth alignment problems and maintain healthy mouth functionality. When erupted, wisdom teeth can grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum or remain trapped below gum and bone surface causing pain and discomfort.

If not extracted, poorly positioned wisdom teeth or partially erupted wisdom teeth can cause many problems, including bacteria growth and infection, leading to stiffening and swelling in the mouth. The pressure from partially erupted wisdom teeth can disrupt natural or orthodontic teeth alignment.

If not treated, wisdom teeth can cause even more severe problems including tumors and cysts, leading to the destruction of the jawbone and deterioration of general oral health.

Wisdom Teeth Examination

In order to determine the potential for wisdom teeth to cause problems in the future, a simple oral examination including mouth x-ray can be performed. During your consultation, Dr. Mascaro can evaluate the position of un-erupted wisdom teeth, diagnose future wisdom teeth problems and recommend the best treatment option appropriate in your case. Most evaluations are done for individuals in their mid teenage years. Early evaluation and treatment of potential wisdom teeth problems results in continued oral health and prevents severe future problems.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The removal of wisdom teeth is an outpatient surgery performed with various types of anesthesia to maximize the patient's comfort. Dr. Mascaro uses his expertise as a professional oral surgeon to recommend the best anesthesia options for your particular case. Our office uses state-of-the-art medical equipment, medical techniques and monitoring systems to make your oral outpatient surgery experience as comfortable as possible.

Contact our office today to schedule your professional wisdom teeth consultation and determine which action would best fit your situation.

Dr. Joseph Mascaro

Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Joseph Mascaro

  • Diplomate of American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Licensed by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry
  • Specialty and Anesthesia licensure by the KY Board of Dentistry
  • Past president of the Louisville Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Past teaching appointment at University of Louisville School of Dentistry
  • Published articles in the Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery