What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

The extraction of wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, is the most common procedure in an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery office. At Kelowna Oral & Facial Surgery, we are commonly asked the following questions:

Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed if they’re not bothering me?

If wisdom teeth erupt into the oral cavity, and become fully functional teeth, they do not need to be removed. However, most wisdom teeth become impacted when they cannot erupt into the mouth due to lack of space and tooth position. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease, crowding, and can even form cysts which will lead to bone loss and possible nerve damage.

Why did my dentist refer me to KOFS to have my wisdom teeth removed?

Kelowna Oral & Facial Surgery works with your dentist to determine the best time to have your wisdom teeth removed. Most commonly, wisdom teeth are extracted during the teenage years or early 20s. At this age, the risks of surgery are at their lowest, and the recovery potential is at its highest. This procedure is done in our office, usually with sedation or general anesthesia, and the recovery time is typically minimal (a few days off work or school).