Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Randall D. Stastny, DMD -  - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc.

Randall D. Stastny, DMD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon located in Cincinnati, OH

Wisdom teeth erupt during your teens or early twenties and can cause a lot of problems. If you have concerns about your wisdom teeth, contact experienced oral surgeon Dr. Randall Stastny for possible extraction in his office. If you live in Cincinnati or the surrounding area, call Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. for an appointment or book one online.

Wisdom Teeth Q&A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are your third molars– the last teeth to develop in the very back of your mouth on the upper and lower gums. They were named wisdom teeth because they start to show up in your teens and early twenties, or the “age of wisdom.”

For some people, wisdom teeth come in with no problem at all. However, many patients don’t have enough room in their mouth for these teeth, or they grow in at irregular angles that can crowd or interfere with other existing teeth.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth are those that fail to erupt normally. Nine out of 10 people have at least one completely impacted wisdom tooth because of they don’t have enough space in their mouth for additional molars. A wisdom tooth could be partially or completely impacted.

Do all wisdom teeth need to be extracted?

Even if your wisdom teeth cause no pain, you should consider having them extracted. These third molars are hard to keep clean and harbor gum disease that leads to infection. You may experience damage to your teeth long before you have any painful symptoms.

Impacted wisdom teeth contribute to a number of oral health issues, including;

  • Tooth decay
  • Infection
  • Crowding
  • Damage to adjacent teeth or soft tissue

How do I know when to have my wisdom teeth extracted?

Researchers recommend having your wisdom teeth removed before age 25 to avoid future oral health problems. This helps prevent:

  • Damage to the roots, nerves, and sinus area
  • Cyst and tumor formation
  • Infection around the gums
  • Systemic infections

Dr. Stastny can check the positioning of your wisdom teeth through X-rays. He may recommend removing them before a problem develops, preventing serious complications later on. Plus, it’s easier to have wisdom teeth removed when you’re younger – the roots are less developed and the bone is less dense.

If wisdom teeth have erupted, they can be extracted using local anesthesia and forceps. Impacted wisdom teeth are removed during oral surgery, usually in the office while you’re under sedation and local anesthesia.

If you need your wisdom teeth removed, call Blue Ash Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. or book an appointment online for personalized treatment.