Wisdom Teeth

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.

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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.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Clark, Dr. Holmes and Dr. Matthews 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 and Matthews 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.

Clark Holmes

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Couldn't have asked for better care for my son. They were very professional but warm and friendly. Would highly recommend them to anyone looking for work to be done.

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Frances

Dr Holmes was very professional and very kind ! Extremely nice staff as a whole gets 5 stars !!! Would recommend anyone to use and would return for any other need from this Dr !!!

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Carrie

The experience from start to finish with this practice with Dr. Holmes was excellent. From the phone call to make an appointment to coming into the office to leaving following surgery everyone was courteous and helpful. Both of my children had surgery on seperate occasions and Dr. Holmes spoke to them directly and explained the…

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Austin (Bo)

They made my son feel at ease with the procedure that was being done. Explained everything so that it was easy to understand and answered all questions. FIRST CLASS staff from top to bottom, Thank you so much for everything..

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Cynthia

I would recommend this office to anyone needing any type of tooth pulling/wisdom teeth extraction. They calm you down any way they can and will talk to you like a friend, not just another patient. Very glad I went to that office. Best one yet.

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by GINA

I was scared to death! They eased my fear and I felt calm when I went into the surgical area. I didnt feel a thing during surgery and my recovery was alot less than expected! So happy I finally got it over with, but if had to do it over, I would have came to…


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