Wisdom Teeth

Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center


Future mouth complications

The removal of impacted wisdom teeth at an early age by a skilled oral surgeon can prevent future problems while minimizing any risks associated with the procedure.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. When 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth; complications start to happen. At Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, your wisdom teeth removal surgery will be performed with the greatest care and every measure will be taken to assure your comfort, safety and speedy recovery.

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 is not always the case.

The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from erupting normally 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. Creating more stress on your existing teeth and commonly causing pain as they start to push and shove their way out agains your other teeth.

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When To Get Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If it seems the wisdom teeth are likely to cause future problems, it is best to remove them at an early age (late teens to early twenties). Removal at this age is easier since the roots are not yet fully formed and the bone is softer and more elastic.

As we get older, the roots become longer and the teeth are more firmly anchored in the jaws. The bone also becomes harder, making the extraction of impacted teeth more difficult. In some cases, the tooth roots may even become fused to the bone.

  • Between the ages of 16 and 20

    Have your dentist check your wisdom teeth if you're 16 to 20 years old.

  • Dentist Recommends It

    Your dentist may recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed if they are causing pain, are infected, are crowding other teeth, or impacted.

  • Why Not Keep Them

    You may possibly never have any problems with your wisdom teeth, especially if you're already older than 30. Wisdom teeth that are healthy and come in properly don't cause problems.

One of Rockford's Top Wisdom Teeth Surgeons


Dr. McCue has performed countless successful wisdom teeth extractions.


Referred by many dentists in the Rockford area when extractions require the expertise of an oral surgeon.

Best Care

Following your wisdom teeth removal, we call our patients to make sure they are recovering well and Dr. McCue is available even after hours.


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Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

Wisdom tooth removal can be carried out by a dentist or an oral surgeon. If your dentist recommends removing your wisdom teeth, they'll take an X-ray of your mouth to help them determine who should carry out the procedure. If the procedure is too complex, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon.


Your dentist will send us a referral with your contact info along with x-rays and prepare for your appointment.


You'll be given an injection of local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area so you won't feel a thing.


Simple procedures can take a few minutes, but it can take longer than 20 minutes for more complicated cases.


Dissolving stitches are placed to seal the gum. The surgeon may place gauze over the site of the extraction and ask you to keep pressure on it by biting your jaws together for up to an hour.
That's it, you're done!

What Are The Risks of NOT Having Them Removed?

Problems may occur if you don't have your wisdom teeth removed.
Here are just a few example risks that can happen if you neglect getting your wisdom teeth checked or removed.

  • Risk of Collision

    When there isn't enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to come in, they may get impacted and never break through your gums.

  • Infections

    Your wisdom teeth may break through your gums only partway, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful causing an infection.

  • Painful Cysts

    Impacted teeth can cause infection and damage to your other teeth and bones. A fluid sac may form around an impacted tooth, and the sac may grow into a cyst. This could cause lasting damage to your nearby teeth, jaw, and bones.

At Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we have successfully performed wisdom teeth extractions in the Rockford, IL area. We are committed to every patient and are happy to help anyone be relived of tooth pain. If your dentist has recommended removing your wisdom teeth, Rock River Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center is here to help!

Rediscover Your Beautiful Smile

Dr. McCue can help you or your child remove burdensome wisdom teeth.
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Contact Info

Rockford Office  (815) 399-1234
Beloit Office  (608) 473-3992


  • Rockford, IL

    973 Featherstone Rd #102, Rockford, IL 61107

  • Beloit, WI

    2359 Murphy Woods Rd Beloit, WI 53511

Disclaimer: This website is provided for informational purposes only. No doctor-patient relationship is established through the use of this website. This website is not a substitute for examination or consultation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and as such, no diagnosis or treatment recommendations can be provided.

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