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 to provide relief and protect your smile.

So why should you get your wisdom teeth removed?

x-ray illustration of an impacted wisdom tooth

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

Improved Comfort

Our doctors at Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery use sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort during treatment. In addition, removing impacted wisdom teeth can provide relief from painful symptoms.

Restored Oral Health

When wisdom teeth do not erupt properly, they can cause a range of health issues, including periodontal disease, sinus issues, inflamed gums, and cavities. Wisdom tooth extraction can help maintain the health of your smile.

Conservative Treatment

For many patients, removing wisdom teeth 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.

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Extracting the Wisdom Teeth Is a Common Procedure

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Top Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Few patients' wisdom teeth erupt into the proper positions without any issues. For the majority of patients, complications are inevitable due to:

Limited Room in the Jaw

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

Teeth Developing at an Angle

If your wisdom teeth 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 wisdom teeth can make proper oral hygiene difficult, increasing your chances of gum inflammation and cavities

Trapped Wisdom Teeth

When your wisdom teeth 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, our Knoxville oral surgeon's office performs all types of wisdom teeth surgeries including impacted extractions.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Can Also Be Performed Preventatively

Prompt, effective wisdom tooth removal can prevent these concerns and protect your oral health. Your dentist may also recommend wisdom tooth removal even if the molars are healthy and no issues have yet developed. This practice is not uncommon with younger patients, as wisdom teeth may be harder to remove in the future, heightening the risk for complications. Our practice will work with your primary dentist to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment for your needs

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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, 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. Each of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons has undergone substantial training and has proven their abilities with consistent high-quality treatments. 

Care at our state-of-the-art surgical center also ensures that every aspect of your procedure is held to our standards. We ensure that 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.

More Information About Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically begin to erupt during the late teens and early adulthood. In many cases there is not enough room for these teeth, resulting in complications such as impaction, discomfort, and infection. When wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause pain, misalignment, and even infection. Fortunately, wisdom tooth removal is a fairly straightforward procedure for an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The professionals at Knoxville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery commonly extract teeth for patients with the added comfort of sedation. Our surgeons, Turner P. Emery and Michael D. Wooten have refined their technique to make these procedures as efficient as possible with very low risk of complications at our Knoxville, TN, office.
Illustration of a wisdom tooth erupting improperly
Many patients do not have sufficient room for wisdom teeth, leading to misalignment, crowding, and impacted teeth.

Simple and Complex Procedures

Prior to removing one or more wisdom teeth, we will provide the appropriate form of sedation for your comfort. Depending on whether the tooth is impacted or has completely erupted, your procedure may be simple or may require a more extensive oral surgery. Teeth that have fully erupted can often be gently loosened before being lifted from the socket.

For teeth that have not erupted at all or completely, your surgeon may need to make an incision in the gum and bone surrounding the tooth. 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. Fortunately, our skilled surgical team has performed successful wisdom tooth removal for many patients with their gentle, precise techniques. Once the molar has been extracted, we will place sutures as needed to close any incisions. 

The entire team at Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is committed to working with your doctor to ensure you receive quality care that is professionally executed.

Your Recovery

Generally, patients will need a few days to fully recover from their procedure. It is normal to experience swelling and discomfort. These side effects 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. To ensure proper healing you should: 

  • Only eat soft foods or liquids for several days
  • Avoid drinking from straws
  • Maintain oral hygiene 
  • Exercise caution brushing and flossing around surgical areas 

Your surgeon will provide you with any specific aftercare instructions you may need. 

Committed to Surgical Excellence 

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At Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 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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