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Why does Bahr Dental recommend early removal of wisdom teeth?

When it comes to wisdom teeth extraction, earlier is better, but we can help you to avoid painful situations such as:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Unnecesary pain during surgery (sedation).
  • Dry sockets during recovery.
  • Complications from bacterial infection.

Our experts can address all of your questions regarding wisdom teeth extractions and recovery.

Wisdom teeth are usually extracted during the teenage years.  Most wisdom teeth need to be extracted because they may become problematic later on.  They may be coming in at the wrong angle, or there may not be sufficient space in the mouth to accommodate the teeth.  In other words, the wisdom teeth may be impacted in the jaw bone or underneath the gum tissue, either partially or completely. 

Dr. Bahr has extracted wisdom teeth on patients of all ages, from 14 to 80 years old.  He is licensed and certified to extract wisdom teeth under local anesthesia, conscious sedation, or IV sedation. 

Local anesthesia: The patient remains awake, but the jaw is completely numb during the procedure. 

Conscious Sedation: The patient is given oral medication an hour before the procedure.  In this case, the patient remains relaxed and anxiety-free, but is mostly awake during the procedure.

IV Sedation: Medication is administered through an IV and the patient is in a very relaxed or completely relaxed state.  The patient remains responsive, but will remember little, if any of the procedure.

For both conscious sedation and IV sedation, the patient will need someone to drive them to and from the appointment.  Dr. Bahr and his staff are happy to discuss all three of the anesthesia/sedation options, and help you decide which one is right for you.