Wisdom Teeth Basics

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How do you know if you are a candidate for wisdom teeth extraction? Dr. Petrusha and Dr. Selasky will recommend the procedure based on X-rays and your oral health. When examining an X-ray, the wisdom teeth can be seen, even if they have not emerged yet as they are fully formed under your gum line. If the teeth appear to emerge in a way that will cause trouble for other teeth,  such as the ability to bite, chew and effectively clean the teeth, extraction will be advised. The procedure can be performed in our office or may be referred to an oral surgeon. Patients who are teenagers or in their early 20’s tend to have the quickest recovery from wisdom teeth extraction surgery, which is why this procedure is usually recommended at that age.