A wisdom tooth or third molar is one of the three molars per quadrant of our dentition. It is the most posterior of the three. Wisdom teeth generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Most adults have four wisdom teeth (a third molar in each of the four quadrants), but it is possible to have fewer or more, in which case the extras are called supernumerary teeth. Wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or “coming in sideways.” They are often extracted when this occurs.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be extracted. When a wisdom tooth erupts through the gums without any complications, pain or compromising the adjacent tooth, the wisdom tooth can be retained in the mouth with little concern as long as the person is able to brush, floss, and clean it thoroughly. However, the removal of the wisdom teeth is usually performed if the tooth during eruption is causing inflammation and/or an infection of the surrounding tissues.
Wisdom teeth depending on their location and angulation will usually need a surgical procedure to extract them. Dr. Sarmiento uses CBCT technology to computer guide him during the surgery. The use of this option allows him to see your wisdom tooth in a 3-dimensional view and have more accuracy during removal. Post operative discomfort is also minimized as any complications can be foreseen prior to surgery.