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Third molars, often referred to as wisdom teeth, are vestigial holdovers from ancient history and the processes of evolution. While they might have served a purpose for our ancient ancestors, modern day oral hygiene practices, dental care, and natural changes to the human mouth make wisdom teeth little more than a nuisance.

Dr. Samuel Richey typically recommends having them removed at his Riverton, Utah clinic at some point in late adolescence. This can usually be done after your full complement of permanent molars have come in. Common symptoms that your wisdom teeth need to be removed might include a dull ache in the gums and soreness in the surrounding jaw muscles. This discomfort might be heightened when you sleep at night. As a wisdom tooth starts to emerge you might also experience some discomfort at the gum line caused by a dental cyst.

It’s somewhat common for a wisdom tooth to become trapped in the gums. As time goes by, the pain and pressure could worsen. This is potentially a sign that one or more wisdom teeth are becoming impacted.

If the offending tooth is positioned at an angle that prevents it from emerging from the gums, it could cause significant damage to the roots of your back molars.

Even if one or two wisdom teeth emerge from the gums without any immediate trouble, they could still be threatened by tooth decay and gum disease. This can be especially troublesome, as the wisdom teeth are often difficult to reach and clean.

Most of the time, Dr. Samuel Richey can perform the wisdom tooth extraction in a single outpatient appointment, where you’ll be home in just a few short hours.

If you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Samuel Richey might recommend full sedation. Afterward you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home, while the sedative effect gradually dissipates.

If you live in the Riverton, Utah area and you are contemplating wisdom tooth extraction, you should call 801-871-3499 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Samuel Richey.