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 they are not removed. 

At Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgeons can perform safe, gentle wisdom tooth removal to protect your health and smile.

Why should you consider getting 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 and our doctors are also licensed by the Tennessee Board of Dentistry to safely administer IV sedation and general anesthesia. In addition, removing impacted wisdom teeth can provide relief from dental pain and other frustrating symptoms.

Restored Oral Health

When a wisdom tooth does not erupt properly, it can cause a range of dental 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 future problems such as the need for more invasive and costly procedures. 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

While some dentists may offer wisdom teeth 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 has undergone training in the safe administration of general anesthesia and IV sedation.

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

Drs. Turner P. Emery and Michael D. Wooten
Drs. Turner P. Emery (left) and Michael D. Wooten (right)

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 a tooth becomes 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 wisdom tooth extractions.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Can Also Be Performed Preventatively

Prompt, effective wisdom teeth removal can prevent potential problems from developing in the first place. Your dentist may recommend extracting a wisdom tooth, even if you are not experiencing any issues. 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, TN, 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
The preventative removal of wisdom teeth can avoid potential problems like misalignment, crowding, and impacted teeth.
“Painless procedures and quick recoveries. Couldn't be more pleased. Highly recommend these oral surgeons.” Robin H. - 5-Star Review from Google

Reach Out to Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

We recognize the value of our patients and strive to provide the highest quality of care using the very latest in cutting-edge technology. Our team has a genuine concern for your well-being and overall health and is committed to providing you with a comfortable, safe, and relaxed environment. We are unconcerned with the volume of patients we see, as our approach to care focuses on taking our time so that we can give you the best results possible.

Whether removing a tooth or placing a dental implant, our doctors strive for nothing less than excellence. This not only ensures a stellar outcome for your procedure but also minimal recovery time. Our attention to our patients is why so many local dentists turn to us for tooth extractions and other oral surgeries.

To learn more about how we can protect your or your child's dental health, contact Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery online or call us at (865) 584-6207 today.

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At ​Knoxville Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we strive to provide concierge-level service.

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 are 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: Consultation & Treatment

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. After your initial x-rays are taken and we determine you are a good candidate, we can discuss your proposed treatment plan and schedule your surgery.

The Extraction Process

Our surgeons, Dr. Emery and Dr. Wooten, have refined their surgical technique to make these procedures as efficient as possible with very low risk of discomfort or complications. The procedure generally involves several 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. In some cases, we will need to remove a small portion of the bone to access the area.
  3. The tooth is gently loosened and extracted. The wisdom 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.

Whether you undergo a simple or complex procedure, we will perform every portion 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 the highest standards. Our surgical suites are hygienic, equipped with the most advanced technology and tools, including various types of anesthesia, and have everything our surgeons need to provide you with safe, comfortable 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 your visit. Pain and swelling can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory 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 specific aftercare instructions you should follow to prevent infection, dry socket, and other complications from occurring.

Aftercare Instructions

To ensure proper healing, you should:

Eat Soft Foods or Liquids

Because your gums and the surrounding areas may be inflamed in the days after the procedure, it is important to be mindful of what you eat. Following surgery, you will need to stick with soft foods and liquids such as ice cream, yogurt, and smoothies. 

Avoid Drinking from Straws

The suction from drinking out of a straw can loosen the blood clot that forms over a tooth extraction site, causing a condition known as dry socket. With dry socket, the underlying bone and nerves are exposed, resulting in intense pain and possible infection. In order to minimize these complications, you should not drink out of a straw for the first couple of weeks following your wisdom tooth surgery.

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 a Saltwater Solution 

After a day or so, you should gently rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution every few hours. This will help keep the surgical site clean and minimize the risk of infection. 

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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