Wisdom Teeth

Female dental patient with painful wisdom tooth before sedationWisdom teeth are the 3rd and final set of molars to erupt in the adult dentition. For most people, they begin erupting in the mid-teen years into the late 20s. Some people never have problems with their wisdom teeth, while others do. Most of the time, the problems are due to lack of space for the tooth to erupt fully into the mouth.

Removing the wisdom teeth may be done early on if problems are spotted, or after the patient begins to experience discomfort. The most common reasons we extract these teeth typically include conditions like:

  • Decay around the wisdom tooth
  • Gum disease
  • Pain, swelling, or infection
  • Impacted teeth
  • Damage to adjacent teeth

What to Expect During Your Extraction

Digital dental x-ray of wisdom tooth removalDr. Goldston performs a limited number of wisdom tooth removals here in our Greenville office. Most of the time, our patients request to be sedated during their extraction. This alleviates your anxiety and keeps you as comfortable as possible. After the teeth have been removed, Dr. Goldston will give you careful instructions and follow up with you to insure that the extraction site is healing properly.

If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are coming in, schedule an exam and x-ray with our Greenville dentist for quick answers to all of your questions. Call us today!

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