Wisdom Tooth Removal Is Virtually Pain-Free and Can Improve Your Oral Health
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?
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.
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.
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Protect Your Smile
Take a look at what impacted wisdom teeth can do to your smile. Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, with about 85% of the population requiring this procedure because their mouths cannot accommodate more than 28 teeth.
Our oral surgeons can assess and determine if your wisdom teeth will affect the rest of your teeth or align with your smile.
Extracting Wisdom Teeth Is a Common Procedure
Do you need your wisdom teeth extracted? According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 85% of adults need to have their wisdom teeth extracted during their lifetime.
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.
In some cases, partially erupted teeth can make proper dental hygiene difficult, increasing your chances of gum inflammation and cavities.
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.
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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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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.
We will administer the appropriate form of anesthesia and sedation. Your options include local anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.
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.
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.
Once the molar has been extracted, we will place dissolvable sutures as needed to close any incisions and encourage healing.
We will apply a small gauze pad to the treatment area and have you bite down to provide pressure to the area.
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.”
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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.
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.
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Our Office Locations
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