Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Oral Examination

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Haynie can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result 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 appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Haynie has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.


In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 208-664-0844.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Lakeside Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

5 out of 5 stars based on 12 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Amazing experience! No need to look anywhere else you won't find anyone better.

- Teresa H

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I can't say enough how welcoming Dr. Haynie and his staff are. If you are looking for a professional and informative visit then Lakeside Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is right for you. They make it their goal to put all of your fears and concerns at bay and that is the kind of relationship you need to have with your doctor. I trust Dr. Haynie and his staff with all of my family and friends and I highly recommend you guys to anyone in need of a comforting dental experience!

- Amanda C

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My husband had two wisdom teeth extracted at Lakeside Oral Surgery. We were treated with the utmost respect. The facility is cozy and clean. There is a "Theater Room" with Netflix (and with snacks provided) in which I was able to wait while the surgery took place. After the surgery was complete, the doctor came in to discuss how things went. Information on post-surgical care was readily provided and was thorough. Conveniently, my husband was wheeled out to the front of the building while I pulled up the car, as he was still groggy from the general anasthesia. I would highly recommend this place... the facility and staff are great!

- Jessi O

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I would recommend this office to anyone. They do a wonderful job at just making you feel welcome and comfortable. My mom took me in to get my wisdom teeth pulled and earlier (before we left) she asked why would you want to drive all the way from medical lake there I said because they are the best and I feel comfortable there. When I finally got home and relaxed she told me now that I went I totally understand why you wanted to go there. Not only did they make me their patient feel comfortable but they made my mom feel comfortable too and that means the world!! Thank you lakeside! I'll be back!

- Shelby-Rae R

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Lacy.....was fabulous. Kind and tender hearted. Showing the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Office was clean without the medicinal smell.

- Frank and irma J

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Its always nice to feel like your welcome when you go into a place of business and it feels like home.

- Denise I

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I had a great experience with my wisdom teeth removal. Everything was simple and straight forward. Staff was very welcoming, and easy to work with. Definitely would recommend anyone to have their procedures performed here.

- Jaimen D

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You and your staff are the most wonderful and caring I have seen in a long time, as soon as you walk in to the office the atmosphere is so awesome and friendly, and by the time I left after the procedure was over, I knew that I would refer them to anyone and everyone I know.

- Robin H

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Would recommend to anyone who is considering implant surgery.

- Stacie S

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Very comfortable, the staff was very nice and made sure we were comfortable right away. They provided snacks and my three year old and I were able to enjoy a private room to ourselves with Netflix and a coffee for me. Wonderful and quick!

- Tracey N

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Ok, theater room?!? How cool is that? Thank you for taking such good care of us. Patient and Mom included. Front office girls all very sweet. Answered questions about insurance and billing. Looking forward to the follow up visit next week!

- Stephanie K

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Honestly the most welcoming office i have ever come to. The staff and Dr Haynie are informative and caring, they kept me in the loop on how my sons procedure was going throughout. I would highly recommend this office for any oral needs. And I got to watch Netflix!!

- Lori L

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