Wisdom teeth extractions are ideally completed between the ages of 17-21 and are recommended to facilitate the long term health of patients via diminished crowding, improved oral hygiene, and decreased bone loss on adjacent teeth.
The key to successful outcome during extractions is anesthetic prior to the procedure and proper home care afterward. Most often the patients who experience the worst outcome are those who waited too long for treatment, tobacco/ smokers, and those with poor hygiene habits post surgery. Under great anesthesia, good homecare/ diet, and good follow-up 95% of extractions are successful!
For those patients whose anxiety is too great we have treatment options that help alleviate the fear: anxiety medication, nitrous oxide, and, if severe, referral to an Oral Surgeon for full sedation.