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Wisdom Teeth


Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Most people develop 32 permanent teeth over their lifetime. Typically, the last four teeth to erupt from the gums are the third molars, or “wisdom teeth.” These teeth normally emerge between the ages of 17 and 21, though they may emerge as early as age 11.
It is quite common for patients to require wisdom teeth removal since the jaws are rarely large enough to accommodate the third molars. As a result, these teeth can become “impacted”: embedded in gum tissue or bone beyond their normal eruption time.
Topeka Oral Surgery & Dental Implants recommends wisdom teeth removal for those whom are reaching adulthood for several reasons:
Here is a full report by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons that supports the value of wisdom teeth removal in mitigating the risk of developing disease.

Impacted Teeth


Although most people develop and grow 32 permanent adult teeth, many times their jaws are too small to accommodate all four wisdom teeth. When inadequate space prevents the teeth from erupting they are called impacted. This hinders their ability to erupt into the ideal position for chewing and cleaning



With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present concerns or may be future problems. We will review your medical history and then correlate clinically with our findings in regards to the location of the wisdom teeth to provide our recommendations.  Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient.  All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Doctors Zeller, Baker & Spear have the training, license and experience to provide various types of sedation techniques for their patients.


The Procedure

Most people prefer to be unaware of the experience when they have their wisdom teeth removed and usually decide to be sedated. You can be sedated with Nitrous Oxide, an Oral Conscious sedation pill, or through an IV. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed at your consult.
The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes and you will probably be in the office up to 90 minutes. Once the teeth are removed, the gum may be sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, any appropriate prescriptions and a follow-up appointment if needed. Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

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