As you turn 18, you will most likely have all 32 permanent teeth grown in, with 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom jaw. All 32 of these permanent teeth have specific names and functions, which are important to know when understanding dental terms. In the front of the mouth, the teeth (incisors, canines, and bicuspids) are meant to grasp and bite into food, making it easier for the back teeth to later chew.

The back teeth, often called molar teeth, are ideal for chewing up the food, making it easier to swallow.

Out of the 32 permanent teeth, four of the teeth are the third molars, often called wisdom teeth. When the wisdom teeth begin to grow in, it can often be painful and uncomfortable as the mouth is only meant to hold 28 permanent teeth. As a result of this pain and discomfort, it is common to have the wisdom teeth removed.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

As the permanent teeth finish growing in place of the baby teeth they often grow into their final positions in the mouth. The wisdom teeth grow in much later than the other permanent teeth, and as a result can grow improperly causing pain and discomfort. The wisdom teeth, if they erupt improperly, can grow sideways, remain trapped beneath the gum and bone, or erupt only partially from the gum.

This improper growth can cause many health problems if the wisdom teeth are not removed. As the wisdom teeth erupt, the openings they made allows bacteria to enter or cause infections. Such infections can cause swelling, stiffness, pain, discomfort, severe damage to the mouth and teeth, and a disruption in the natural alignment of the teeth. Fortunately, removing the wisdom teeth before they can cause any damage can prevent any such issues.

Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal Associated with Pathology/Problems:

A breakdown of the root, bone, or crown that is next to a wisdom tooth
A cavity in the wisdom tooth that is not treatable
Tooth decay in the wisdom tooth or a tooth adjacent to the wisdom tooth which cannot be treated
Gum disease or periodontal disease
A wisdom tooth is fractured or cracked

If one of these problems is present the following may develop:

Pain and discomfort in the gums and jawbone
Swelling and tenderness in the gums
Persistent headaches and jaw ache
Persistent bad breath
Unpleasant taste and feeling in the mouth


When the wisdom teeth are removed, the process is done with the patient put under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. However, these options will be discussed with the patient prior to the procedure.

Our team at Advanced Dental – Scarsdale has provided a list of tips and suggestions for how to prepare for your oral surgery. Please read the information provided below, in order to ensure you are prepared for your upcoming oral surgery. If you have any questions, please call our Advanced Scarsdale Oral Surgery department before your appointment: 914-874-5757

During the removal, the wisdom teeth are removed and the gum is sutured. Gauze is then placed in the mouth against the affected area in order to aid in controlling the bleeding. The patient will rest at our office, Advanced Dental – Scarsdale, until they are ready to be taken home. Our specialists will provide the patient with a postoperative kit, which includes postoperative instructions, a prescription for medication, antibiotics, as well as a follow-up appointment in the next week.
How to prepare for Oral Surgery

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