Coast Dental Buckhead
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
in Atlanta, Georgia
“Wisdom teeth” is simply another name for third molars. These are typically the final teeth to emerge in the mouth; they often appear between the ages of 17 and 25. The problem is that the jaw bone is often not big enough to accommodate them.
Coast Dental’s oral surgeon provides wisdom teeth removal in Buckhead. It’s a common procedure; about five million Americans have at least one wisdom tooth extracted each year. Most people choose to have their wisdom teeth removed in their late teens or early 20s when their tooth roots are not fully developed and their jaw bone is not as dense. That makes it easier to remove the wisdom teeth.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Sometimes it’s painful when the wisdom teeth start to push their way through the gum line. Other times, x-rays may reveal there is a problem with how the wisdom teeth are coming in. Your Coast Dental Buckhead oral surgeon may recommend wisdom teeth extractions if:
Your jaw is not large enough for the wisdom teeth to emerge from under the gums
The wisdom teeth only partially came through the gums or are coming in at an awkward angle, which can lead to infection
The wisdom teeth are damaging the jaw bone or crowding other teeth
If the wisdom teeth don’t emerge into proper position, they can push other teeth out of alignment and create a bad bite. Misaligned teeth can also lead to other problems including tooth decay and gum disease. Some people may experience pain when chewing, bad breath, difficulty opening the mouth, a feeling of pressure on the back teeth, and/or swelling of the gums in the back of the mouth.
The Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
Your oral surgeon will talk to you about the different methods available to keep you comfortable during the procedure. If you’re having only one wisdom tooth extracted, you may only need a local anesthetic. However, if you need multiple teeth extracted, you may need oral sedation or another type of conscious sedation.
If the wisdom tooth is impacted, meaning it’s still under the gum line, then the gum tissue will be opened and the tooth will be gently removed. The oral surgeon may need to apply sutures (stitches) to help with healing. After the procedure is over, you will rest for a short time before going home. You may need to have another person drive you, depending on the type of anesthesia you received.
The team at Coast Dental Buckhead will give you a list of post-operative instructions to help you be as comfortable as possible while you heal. You may want to eat soft foods for a few days after the extraction(s), and you’ll need to be careful brushing your teeth until the healing is complete.
The first step is to find out whether you even need your wisdom teeth removed. Call Coast Dental Buckhead today at (404) 237-5330 to schedule a consultation.
Wisdom Teeth – To Be Or Not To Be Wisdom teeth, which typically make their appearance between the ages of 17 and 25, can cause significant problems when there is not enough room for them to grow in properly. As a person ages, the effects of retained and impacted wisdom teeth can be more consequential. This article reviews the issues associated with wisdom teeth and whether or not they should be removed... Read Article