Wisdom Teeth | Atlanta GA

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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 are 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

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Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Our doctors 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. Our doctors have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Wisdom Teeth 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 Atlanta Office Phone Number 1-877-2MYAOFS (1-877-269-2637).

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

If you need any additional information, please contact us at
Atlanta Office Phone Number 1-877-2MYAOFS (1-877-269-2637)

Atlanta Oral & Facial Surgery

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love this office staff!! went in to have my wisdom teeth removed & Dr. Wunderle III was very nice & did a great job!! healed quickly too. 10/10 would definitely recommend

- Sydney C

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Dr. Keim is the best! He took care of two of my children's wisdom teeth in the same morning. He is so caring and put us all at ease. Everything went perfectly! Highly recommend him!

- Jodie H

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I was having a toothache in one of my wisdom teeth after doing an xray it was found that I needed three pulled. I was extremely nervous and anxious about the procedure. Dr. Bankstone is staff were so helpful in making me comfortable and explained the entire procedure in detail. The day of, I walked in somewhat anxious but a little more relaxed than the day before (thanks to the meds). I was put under and it was the most painless procedure ever. I did have some soreness and swelling but nothing that required an additional visit and most importantly no infection. Great service!! I will always recommend Dr. Bankstone.

- Ana M

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The doctor and his staff are very friendly. I can get my appointment and my procedure faster than the other Atlanta Oral & Facial Surgery location. Thank you Dr. velez to do my procedure the next day after my appointment. You are the best.

- Yulia W

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I would recommend this place to anybody. Very nice friendly and professional staff to do a great job and are great at what they do serious

- Jamaal G

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