Removal of Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are our third molars. The average mouth cannot physically accommodate these four additional teeth. As our wisdom teeth attempt to erupt through the bone and tissue, they may become stuck (impacted).
Completely impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth, if not removed, may cause pain and swelling and gum or bone disease. In addition, cysts may form and on occasion adjacent teeth may be damaged or lost. Even when fully erupted these teeth are very difficult to keep clean and may become decayed or create painful gum problems. If it is determined that the wisdom teeth will not erupt fully, it is best to remove them between the ages of 16 and 22, before root development is complete.
Drs. Akers, Stohle & Borden have been removing wisdom teeth for over 25 years. The procedure may be performed at any of our two locations in Evanston, or Glenview. We schedule these appointments between 8:00am and 5:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday.
At the surgical appointment date, most patients are sedated using intravenous (IV) medications. Remember not to eat or drink anything (including water) for eight hours before this appointment and to bring a reasonable adult with you to drive you home after the procedure. After the surgery, your ride will be with you in the recovery room where we will give you both verbal and written instructions on home care. Please remember that each of our office phone numbers is a 24 hour number. Drs. Akers, Stohle & Borden may be reached at any time in an emergency.