Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the "Age of Wisdom." When a tooth doesn't fully grow in, it's "impacted"–usually unable to break through the gums because there isn't enough room. 90% of people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
An impacted wisdom tooth can damage neighboring teeth or become infected. In some cases, a cyst or tumor can form around the base of the impacted tooth, which can lead to more serious problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other parts of your mouth and face.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons complete four or five year hospital-based surgical residencies, spending time in internal medicine, general surgery and anesthesiology as well as plastic surgery, emergency medicine and much more. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only specialists in the dental field qualified to administer general anesthesia. At Dixie Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, our offices in both St. George and Cedar City have fully equipped, state-of-the-art operatories that have passed rigorous inspections to ensure all regulations and guidelines for safety and care are met.