Saving Your Smile From Wisdom Tooth Impaction

As people approach their late teens or reach their late 20s, they could see a third set of molars erupt, known commonly as wisdom teeth. Once these arrive, this could mean major negative changes to your smile, from its appearance to the overall function. At our Hamburg, PA oral surgery and dental implant center, we can save your smile by surgically removing these teeth, preserving the health, beauty, and function of your smile.

The Impact of Your Third Molars

When your third molars erupt, there is often no room for them, which means a partial eruption known as an impaction. They could actually damage nearby teeth, which in turn increases the risk of tooth decay and infection. They could shift your teeth to create misalignment, changing the appearance of your smile and leaving it more vulnerable to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. They also strain your jaw joints, causing an increased risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). All in all, that could cause multiple issues with the health and appearance of your smile! Which is why we recommend removing them, preferably before they even erupt.

Planning Your Tooth Extraction

To safeguard your smile, we will extract them before they erupt. We start by taking detailed digital x-rays of your smile, so we can identify the position of the tooth, and plan an extraction that avoids contact with blood vessels, nerve tissues, or sinus cavities. Our team will also decide which sedation option is right for you, so you’re calm and relaxed during treatment and have little to no memory of the procedure afterward. For some, this could take as little as 30 minutes to an hour.

Saving Your Smile with Surgery

Once you’re comfortable, we will open the gums above these teeth to access and remove them. We then suture the area closed and may administer medication. You should take any prescribed medications and follow our instructions in detail. In most cases, people return to their normal routine after a day or two of rest, and the procedure helps prevent negative changes to your smile. If you have any questions about how we extract wisdom teeth, or if you or a family member is approaching adulthood and wants an examination to see if extraction is needed, then contact our team today. We want to help you and your loved ones enjoy optimal oral health!


We can help you maintain your smile’s health, function, and beauty by surgically extracting your third molars! If you would like to learn more, you can contact Berks Oral Surgery by calling (610) 374-4093. We have offices in Wyomissing, Exeter, Hamburg, and Ephrata, PA.