Wisdom Tooth Removal – About Third Molar Extraction
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as ” wisdom teeth .”
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they have partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Clark, Dr. Holmes, Dr. Matthews and Dr. Smith can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Clark, Holmes, Matthews and Smith have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Southside Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 205-933-2773.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Call us with any questions or to make an appointment.Southside: 205-933-2773 Trussville: 205-655-9002 Inverness: 205-933-2710 Gardendale: 205-694-7929
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Patricia S
The Staff an Doctor was amazing. They cared about you from enter front door until leaving.
- Patricia Sread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Areli C
Got my wisdom teeth removed and the overall experience was great. The staff was so friendly and very attentive to my needs. The best thing was that they had a Spanish speaking nurse to explain to my mom what to do after my procedure. Honestly would recommend to anyone needing oral surgery done.
- Areli Cread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Grace F
The entire staff is very professional! Love Dr. Holmes! Everyone made the experience very pleasant! Will definitely take my other children to see them!! Thank you all!
- Grace Fread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Teresa O
Great amazing staff
- Teresa Oread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Tamara J
Clark Holmes Oral Facial Surgery was nothing less than an EXCELLENT experience for myself. From the time you walk into their lovely office of beautiful staff members to register, and down to the escorting to your vehicle after your procedure was over was just Awesome! The atmosphere is very clean and welcoming. The staff alone…
- Tamara Jread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by bre d
great staff! surgery was excellent, wasnt painful at all.
- bre dread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Melissa K
I had the best experience with Dr. Holmes. The office is immaculate, the staff was super friendly and super professional. I highly recommend this office for your oral surgery needs!
- Melissa Kread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Marlon G
Great experience for my son and will most definitely recommend this practice to any and everyone!
- Marlon Gread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Kelsie P
I had a great experience having my wisdom teeth removed. Dr Clark and the whole staff were so friendly and I would definitely recommend this office to anyone. It was worth the two hour drive. I will never use another oral surgeon.
- Kelsie Pread more
Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Michael M
Overall, I was extremely impressed and so satisfied with the services provided by the Trussville office. They made what could have been a "white knuckle" experience into a rather calm event. The anesthesia was administered very well and the pain control was fantastic. Given this, I would strongly recommend this office to anyone needing oral…
- Michael Mread more