Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to erupt in the mouth. Occasionally, they contribute positively to one’s oral health, but in most cases wisdom teeth are misaligned and require removal.

Problems which can occur with wisdom teeth eruption and thus necessitate removal include crowding of adjacent teeth, recurring infections, decay on adjacent teeth, and even development of cyst and subsequent weakening of the jawbone.

The presence and position of wisdom teeth is best diagnosed by your general dentist and/or oral surgeon with the aid of a panoramic x-ray. This type of x-ray permits the dentist and oral surgeon to properly evaluate the development and eruption of the wisdom teeth. In selective cases, the three-dimensional CT scan may be necessary to discern the proper position of the wisdom teeth in your jaw.

In order to safely and painlessly remove your wisdom teeth our Doctors highly recommend all wisdom teeth extractions be done under general anesthesia. Once you are “asleep” a long acting anesthetic is administered to provide up to 6 hours of pain relief after surgery. Since you will be under general anesthesia it is required you have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your surgery and a responsible adult to drive you to the office, stay there, and drive you home.

Most healthy young individuals recover from wisdom teeth removal without any significant problems. A few days of rest and following our instructions will go a long way toward an uneventful recovery. Common concerns related to your post-op recovery are covered in you post-op instructions. We will go over them in detail with your ride before your discharge.

Lastly, most dental and/or medical insurances will cover part or the entire fee for removal of the wisdom teeth. Please check with your policy to determine if wisdom teeth removal with anesthesia is a covered procedure of your policy and whether or not our office participates in the insurance plan.

General Dentistry

General Dentistry

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Oral Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dentists specializing in surgery of the mouth, face and jaws.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal Maintenance

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases, (periodontal disease) than from cavities.

Children's Dentistry

Children's Dentistry

The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s third birthday.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tooth misalignments and jaw irregularities...

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