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Oral Surgery

There are many types of oral surgery. The oral surgeon whom our office has had the pleasure of working with for many years specializes in wisdom teeth extractions. He is happy to evaluate other procedures on a case-by-case basis. He is very experienced and always has your child’s best interests at heart.

Dentist with patient in surgery
redhaired ginger female with snow-white smile holding white wisdom tooth after surgery

Why Wisdom Teeth Removal?

As human jaw lines have developed over time, they have become smaller which typically does not leave adequate room for all 32 teeth to properly erupt. When this occurs, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend the wisdom teeth be extracted as part of your ongoing treatment plan.

Oral Surgery Facts

  • Your orthodontist or dentist may recommend having your wisdom teeth removed as
    part of an ongoing treatment plan.
  • 85-90% of individuals in the United States will have their wisdom teeth removed at
    some point in their life.

Our Oral surgeon sees patients between the ages of 14-20. He will evaluate each
patient’s x-rays to determine if their wisdom teeth are developed enough to quickly and
efficiently remove them for the safety and ease of the patient.

NO, our team is patient focused. Our oral surgeon had an anesthesiologist come in to
perform the anesthesia. This means that the anesthesiologist is focused on the anesthesia
and the oral surgeon is focused on the surgery.

1. Infection
Pericoronitis is the most common reason patients schedule a wisdom tooth consultation. The localized gum infection occurs when there’s not enough room for the tooth to fully erupt. Over time, the gum tissue can become irritated and infected. Many patients experience pain, swelling, and even difficulty opening or closing their mouths, such as when chewing.

2. Cysts

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause a cyst, which is a fluid-filled bubble inside of the jawbone. Although
you may not see the issue from the surface, a cyst can destroy the jawbone and surrounding teeth if it’s not
treated. It’s best to have the issue addressed early because there is a slight risk of rare tumors caused by
delaying teeth extractions.

3. Damage to Adjacent Teeth
If your jaw is too small to accommodate your wisdom teeth, it can cause overcrowding. It can be difficult to
thoroughly clean the teeth, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Sometimes, bone loss can
also occur. It’s not unusual for the wisdom tooth or adjacent teeth to break or chip.
When to Keep Wisdom Teeth

There are instances wherein wisdom teeth don’t require removal, such
as:
• The wisdom teeth are healthy
• They’re fully erupted or grown in completely
• Positioned correctly and in line with opposing teeth, without affecting your bite
• They can be reached by a toothbrush and when flossing.