Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Asheville
Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the last permanent teeth to erupt in a patient’s mouth, usually arriving somewhere in the late teenage/young adult years. Many people are surprised to learn that humans are actually evolving past the need for wisdom teeth – in fact, nearly 35% of the population never develops them at all. Simply put, most modern jaws don’t have enough room to accommodate their arrival alongside the rest of your adult teeth, which is why potentially serious complications are so common.
Many patients will experience fully or partially impacted wisdom teeth – this means that the teeth simply don’t have the room they need to erupt and develop normally. They may grow at an angle or simply remain trapped in the patient’s jawbone. This can lead to pain for the patient, higher risks of infection and tooth decay, structural damage to the surrounding bone, the development of cysts, and more.
Here in Asheville, Dr. White closely monitors the development of wisdom teeth with advanced digital technology and may recommend extraction as a preventive measure. Even wisdom teeth that are able to erupt properly don’t have enough space, which can make proper oral hygiene difficult for patients and result in tooth decay. Our team will be sure to handle your procedure as smoothly and comfortably as possible, utilizing sedation dentistry when needed.