21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Palatine, Lake Zurich, Barrington IL

Our oral surgeons will conduct an oral examination as well as x-rays of the mouth to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine whether there will be potential risks and issues when extracting your wisdom teeth. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment results in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under the appropriate type of anesthesia for you to maximize your comfort.

Possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth include:

A representation of a pericoronitis infection on a wisdom tooth


The most common type of infection is pericoronitis, which is a localized gum infection. The gum tissue surrounding the wisdom teeth can become irritated, red and swollen making it difficult to swallow.

An example of a cyst formation on a wisdom tooth


A cyst can form within various tissues in the mouth, face or jaw, in most cases when they first start forming they are infection free. You might feel a lot of pressure, pain and there will be swelling too. Cysts that form around wisdom teeth often develop close to or on top of the crown of a wisdom tooth that has not erupted.

An illustration of teeth crowding causes by a wisdom tooth


A number of factors that cause overcrowding of the teeth include wearing braces in the teenage years. Retained, impacted wisdom teeth may be a contributing factor. Unless you have an active over-crowding problem when you have your consultation with the oral surgeon, the reason for removal is to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone. If there is insufficient space to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front of the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss or decay.

A visual of a wisdom tooth damaging an adjacent tooth

Damage to Adjacent Teeth:

If there is inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.

What To Do On The Day

On the day of your procedure, you will take medications to help minimize the post-operative pain and swelling. Please ensure that a parent or responsible adult accompanies you to our practice and remains with you. The procedure lasts anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes. With advancement technology and dental care, patients can expect to have their wisdom teeth removed in such a way that healing is optimized and there is less post-operative discomfort as a result.

On the morning or afternoon of your surgery, it is essential that you have nothing to eat or drink (excluding prescription medications with a sip of water) for at least 6 hours before. Your procedure will be rescheduled if you have had something to eat or drink within this timeframe.

If you will be sedated, we place an IV in your arm. This is a quick and nearly painless procedure that ensures optimal delivery of your medication. Local anesthesia is given to you afterwards to ensure comfort, and allow adequate time to travel home and rest. You will be sleepy for a significant portion of the day.

Oral Surgery Services

Oral Facial & Implant Specialists, P.C.
Deer Park Office

21660 W. Field Parkway, Suite 220
Deer Park, IL 60010
Tel: (847) 381-0106
Fax: (847) 381-0265

Deer Park Oral Surgeons, Dr. J. Travis Thompson and Dr. Stephen Martin, manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation, call our office in Deer Park, IL at Deer Park Office Phone Number (847) 381-0106.