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.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
Few patients' wisdom teeth grow into the proper position without any issues. For the majority of patients, complications are inevitable due to:
- Limited room in jaw
- Teeth developing at an angle
- Partial eruption that makes proper hygiene difficult
- Wisdom teeth becoming trapped in the jaw
Any of these problems can significantly impact your oral health with consequences such as:
- Damage to surrounding teeth and jaw
- Gum inflammation
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.
The Advantage of Skilled Surgical Care
While some dentists may offer wisdom tooth removal, there is no substitute for the skillset of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. With the best interest 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.
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.
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.
Your Health is Our Priority
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. If you or your child are experiencing pain or other issues related to wisdom tooth development, contact our team online or call (865) 240-2977 or (865) 584-6207 to receive skilled care you can trust.