Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

For many patients, wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and even lead to oral health problems if not removed. 

At Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgeons can perform safe, gentle wisdom tooth removal.

So why should you get your wisdom teeth removed at our Knoxville, TN, practice?

x-ray illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth

Wisdom Tooth Removal Is Virtually Pain-Free and Can Improve Your Oral Health

Improved Comfort

We use local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment process. In addition, removing impacted wisdom teeth can provide relief from painful dental symptoms.

Restored Oral Health

When a wisdom tooth does not erupt properly, it can cause a range of health problems, including periodontal disease, sinus issues, inflamed gums, and cavities. The removal of these teeth can maintain the health of your smile.

Conservative Treatment

For many patients, removing the third molars can prevent the need for more invasive and costly procedures in the future. Your doctor can assess the position of your teeth and determine whether they need to be removed.

"I was so scared to have my wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Wooten walked me through the whole process and showed me the room and the supplies beforehand to ease my anxiety!...I would highly recommend him for any and all dental procedures! He was phenomenal!! He even took the extra time to call and check on me the day after my surgery! He truly cares for his patients!" Derby Lee Deatherage — August 1, 2018, 5-Star Review from Facebook

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Advanced Surgical Care Performed by Specialists

Doctors at Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, P.C.

While some dentists may offer wisdom tooth removal and dental implants, there is no substitute for the skillset of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. With the best interests of their patients in mind, many local doctors will refer their patients to us for their oral surgery procedures, including tooth extraction and the placement of dental implants. In addition to our fellowships in oral surgery, each of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons have undergone training in the safe use of anesthesia.

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us in Knoxville, TN, at (865) 584-6207.

Extracting Wisdom Teeth Is a Common Procedure

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Top Reasons for Removing Wisdom Teeth

Few patients' third molars erupt into the proper positions without any issues. For the majority of us, complications and damage to surrounding teeth are inevitable due to:

Limited Room in the Jaw

If you already have limited space in your jaws, an erupting wisdom tooth can cause your other teeth to shift, causing misalignment and sometimes reversing the results of orthodontic treatment.

Teeth Developing at an Angle

If your third molars are growing in at an angle rather than upright, they can cause damage to other teeth and the jawbone.

Partial Eruption

In some cases, partially erupted teeth can make proper dental hygiene difficult, increasing your chances of gum inflammation and cavities.

Trapped Teeth

When the third molars become trapped in the jaw, it is known as impaction. Without wisdom teeth removal surgery, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to cysts and infection. Fortunately, at our office, we perform all types of surgeries, including impacted extractions.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Can Also Be Performed Preventatively

Prompt, effective wisdom tooth removal can prevent potential problems from developing in the first place. Your dentist may recommend extracting a wisdom tooth, even if it is currently healthy. This practice is especially common with younger patients, as wisdom teeth may be harder to remove in the future, heightening the risk for complications. At our Knoxville practice, we will work with your primary dentist to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment for your needs.

Illustration of a wisdom tooth erupting improperly
Many patients do not have sufficient room for wisdom teeth, leading to misalignment, crowding, and impacted teeth.

When Should the Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically begin to erupt during the late teens and early adulthood. For most patients, they come in between the ages of 17 and 25. If there is not enough room for these teeth, complications such as impaction, discomfort, misalignment, and infection can develop.

Teenagers should have x-rays taken before these molars come in so we can determine if and when they should be removed. In most cases, an oral surgeon will recommend that wisdom teeth be removed by the time patients turns 25.

That Makes Sense... But How Is the Procedure Performed?

Demonstration of how wisdom teeth are extracted

Wisdom Teeth Removal: The Treatment Process

Our surgeons, Turner P. Emery and Michael D. Wooten, have refined their surgical technique to make these procedures as efficient as possible with very low risk of discomfort or complications at our Knoxville office. The procedure involves the following steps:

  1. We will administer the appropriate form of anesthesia and sedation. Your options include local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
  2. If necessary, an incision is made in the gum tissue to access the tooth.
  3. The tooth is gently loosened and extracted. The tooth may be removed in one piece or in smaller pieces, depending on the degree of eruption and impaction.
  4. Once the molar has been extracted, we will place dissolvable sutures as needed to close any incisions and encourage healing.
  5. We will apply a small gauze pad to the treatment area and have you bite down to provide pressure to the area.
  6. You will return home to recover from the procedure. Be sure to follow our post-surgical instructions for faster healing.

We perform simple and complex wisdom teeth removal procedures at our Knoxville office. Depending on whether the tooth is impacted or has completely erupted, your procedure may require more extensive oral surgery. In some cases, we will need to remove a small portion of the bone to access the tooth. We may also need to divide the tooth into smaller portions for easier removal and less impact on the surrounding tissues. After your initial x-rays are taken, we can discuss your proposed treatment plan.

Whether you undergo a simple or complex procedure, we will perform treatment efficiently, with your health and comfort in mind. When you undergo care at our state-of-the-art surgical center, we ensure that every aspect of your procedure is held to our high standards. Our surgical suites are hygienic, equipped with the most advanced technology and tools, and have everything our surgeons need to provide you with safe extractions.

"Dr Emery took out my wisdom teeth. It was my second procedure with him. The staff was very nice again and he did a great job! My recovery was short and I was able to get back to a fairly normal schedule in two days." Audrey Richards - July 13, 2017, 5-Star Review from Facebook

Your Recovery: What to Expect

Generally, patients need a few days to fully recover from the procedure. It is normal to experience swelling and discomfort for up to a week after treatment. These side effects begin to subside two to three days after treatment. Pain and swelling can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and an ice compress. We may also prescribe medication to prevent infection and control any further pain.

Your surgeon will provide you with any specific aftercare instructions you may need to prevent infection, dry socket, or other complications from occurring.

Aftercare Instructions

To ensure proper healing you should:

Eat Soft Foods or Liquids 

Because your gums and neighboring teeth may be inflamed in the days after the procedure, it is important to take it easy with soft foods and liquids. 

Avoid Drinking from Straws 

The suction from drinking out of a straw can loosen the blood clot that forms over the extraction site. If this happens, you will be at much greater risk of developing dry socket.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Because keeping your mouth clean is essential to preventing infection, you should brush your teeth the night after surgery. However, do so cautiously. Additionally, you should try to avoid rinsing your mouth vigorously for at least a day or so in order to avoid dislodging the clot over the extraction site. 

Rinse with Saltwater Solution 

After a day or so, you should gently rinse your mouth with a salt water solution every few hours. This will help keep the surgical site disinfected. 

Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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Our team strives to provide the highest quality care by:

  • Recognizing the value in every patient 
  • Using state-of-the-art technology
  • Focusing on your overall health and well-being
  • Prioritizing comfort and safety 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (865) 584-6207.

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