Third molars, more commonly called wisdom teeth, are usually the very last of the adult teeth to erupt. In most patients, there is not enough room in the mouth to allow for the third molars to erupt into a normal position. As a result, extensive problems can develop, and removal is indicated.
Dr. Nick Calcaterra is uniquely qualified to perform your wisdom teeth surgery:
- Since arriving in Connecticut in 2009, he has removed tens of thousands of teeth, including thousands of impacted wisdom teeth.
- He is one of only a select few general dentists in all of Connecticut with a license to administer IV sedation (also called twilight anesthesia) and has sedated hundreds of patients for surgery.
- He graduated number 1 in his class from dental school and received awards in his rigorous post-doctoral residency program for his expertise and proficiency in oral surgery.
Many dentists advertise wisdom tooth extractions but then refer you to an oral surgeon. Dr. Calcaterra’s advanced training enables him to remove nearly all the third molars he encounters, with or without IV sedation. If you come in with wisdom teeth pain, it is highly likely he can handle your emergency in our Orange, CT office. We can nearly always accommodate same day emergencies for patients in pain.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extractions
In many cases, wisdom teeth are impacted. An impacted third molar is a tooth that cannot erupt completely into the patient’s mouth because it is being obstructed by bone, gums, other teeth, or other anatomical structures. Reasons for removal of third molars include:
- Decay on the wisdom teeth or the teeth they are touching (usually your 12 year molars).
- Inability of the patient to keep the third molars clean, leading to decay and/or gum infections.
- Acute infection of the gum tissue (called an operculum) overlying the lower third molars which is called pericoronitis.
- Persistent and chronic cheek biting due to the wisdom teeth being positioned at improper angles.
- Chronic inflammation of the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth and the second molars leading to a dental abscess.
- Persistent impaction of food with the third molars leading to odors and/or chronic gum problems.
- Cysts, tumors, pseudocysts, or other pathologies associated with the wisdom teeth.
- And other reasons.
Loss of Adjacent Teeth due to Impacted Wisdom Teeth
The digital panoramic x-ray is from a patient treated by Dr. Nicholas Calcaterra. The patient resided in Woodbridge, CT.
This patient was told repeatedly about the need to have his wisdom teeth removed. Over time, he developed decay (tooth cavities) on the two lower teeth touching the sideways wisdom teeth. By the time he presented with pain, the two lower non-wisdom teeth were so decayed they could not be saved. So instead of having his 4 wisdom teeth removed, he had to have a total of 6 teeth extracted. Dr. Nicholas Calcaterra completed this surgery using IV sedation.
If you are having pain with your wisdom teeth, call our Orange, CT office for an appointment. We can usually accommodate same day emergencies. We do take multiple insurance plans, including Husky (CT State Dental insurance) for patients age 20 and younger.