Oral Surgery and Wisdom Teeth

UT Southwestern Medical Center physicians are leaders in the field of maxillofacial and oral surgery, offering a range of services and procedures for tooth extraction.

Too Many Teeth

The average adult has 32 teeth by the age of 18, each with a specific name and function. Yet the average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth, requiring the removal of the third molars, or “wisdom teeth.” These teeth can cause a variety of problems by growing in sideways, partially emerging, and at times remaining trapped beneath the gum and the bone.

UT Southwestern physicians use X-rays to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine whether they pose a present or future problem.

Tooth Extraction and More

While wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to be removed, there are patients who require the extraction of other types of teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease. Our oral surgeons routinely perform these and other dental surgeries at one of the area’s premier medical and research facilities.

Oral surgeons’ expertise also includes trimming of soft tissue, including frenectomies and gingivectomies, treating facial pain and cysts of the face and mouth, surgically treating sleep apnea, performing reconstructive surgery of the face or jaw, correcting jaw alignment and asymmetry, placing dental implants, and much more.

Because of advances in surgical and anesthesia techniques, tooth extraction is usually performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and sedation. UT Southwestern’s comprehensive medical resources enable patients to have an initial consultation, testing, follow-up visits, and any needed medical procedures all in one location.