At Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery, we recommend that the wisdom teeth be removed sooner than later, preferably during the mid- to late teens, even if they haven’t begun to emerge from the gums yet. The extraction process is much more rapid if wisdom teeth are removed early because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed, and younger patients are more likely to recover quickly from surgery.
Many teens and adults that have developed a full set of permanent teeth may be unaware that they have additional teeth growing under the surface of their gums that can cause significant problems. This third set of molars, what we commonly refer to as wisdom teeth, are often undetectable without regular dental examinations until they become a problem. Wisdom teeth frequently grow beneath the surface of the gums, and the mouth must be X-rayed to determine if they are present. Other times, the teeth partially emerge from the gums but do not grow in completely.
While these teeth have the ability to provide added value to the mouth by increasing its chewing and grinding power, they often do not grow into the mouth in a manner that allows patients to experience their benefit. Many people do not have enough room in their mouth and along their jaw bone for these teeth to grow in properly, which can cause problems for the rest of the teeth.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
The presence of wisdom teeth makes patients more susceptible to other oral problems:
- Misalignment of healthy teeth as the wisdom teeth push the second molars forward and cause dental crowding and shifting throughout the mouth
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and pain in the mouth — even bad breath — caused by periodontal disease
- Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development, which can in turn cause issues in healthy teeth and the jaw bone
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, and tooth decay
Before wisdom teeth removal, you will receive a thorough oral examination, X-rays, and 3D scanning of the mouth to determine the position and size of the teeth. Drs. Mogyoros and Funt have been extensively trained to administer anesthesia, and our office offers multiple anesthetic options, including
- Local Anesthesia — an anesthetic applied directly to the area of removal
- Nitrous Oxide — also known as laughing gas, an anesthetic option used in congruence with other anesthetic options to calm anxiety during the procedure
- Sedation Anesthesia — an anesthetic administered through an intravenous (IV) line and suppresses your consciousness during the procedure
- General Anesthesia — an anesthetic inhaled through the nose which causes you to lose consciousness during the procedure
Our skilled surgeons and highly trained office staff will answer any questions you may have before your procedure to make certain you are fully informed as well as help you choose the method of anesthesia that is best for you. At Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery, we do everything in our power to ensure that you have a comfortable and rapid recovery following your surgery and achieve the optimum result.
Where can I get wisdom teeth removed near Philadelphia, PA?
The surgeons at Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery located in Elkins Park, PA, are specialists in performing oral and maxillofacial procedures and treatments, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Drs. Funt and Mogyoros service the entire greater Philadelphia area.
Greater Philadelphia Oral Surgery
401 Township Line Rd
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: (215) 379-3382
Secondary Phone: (215) 379-5520
Fax: (215) 663-5934
Hours: Mon–Fri: 8:00 AM–4:00 PM