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

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

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With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Stephen A. Bankston, Erik Belinfante, Louis S. Belinfante, Henry Blair, Thomas David, Abtin Etezadi, Chris Jo, Ken Johnson, R. Paul Keim, Christopher Kragor, John P. LaBanc, Steven Levy, Rob McGhee, Richard Meaders, Donald Nunn, Paul "PJ" Schaner, Joseph Slaughter, Jonathan Threadgill, Antwan Treadway, Martin Velez, Robert Wunderle or Robert Wunderle III 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. Stephen A. Bankston, Erik Belinfante, Louis S. Belinfante, Henry Blair, Thomas David, Abtin Etezadi, Chris Jo, Ken Johnson, R. Paul Keim, Christopher Kragor, John P. LaBanc, Steven Levy, Rob McGhee, Richard Meaders, Donald Nunn, Paul "PJ" Schaner, Joseph Slaughter, Jonathan Threadgill, Antwan Treadway, Martin Velez, Robert Wunderle or Robert Wunderle III 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 1-877-269-2637.

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

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Doctor R. Paul Kiem, the surgeon who performed my wisdom teeth removal procedure, is truly an amazing surgeon. I say this because he took the time to ask (multiple times) how was doing before and after the wisdom teeth extraction and made sure I had no concerns or questions about the procedure. After the procedure, the staff instructed me on what to eat, how to clean the wounds, and told me what to expect in the next day or so. Additionally, swelling did occur (the most occurred on day 3), but decreased as days passed, the pain was not significant but everyone's pain can vary. In fact, on the third day the staff called me and asked how I was doing and if there were any concerns about the swelling and pain. Overall, for only being 15 and one who worries about surgeries, Doctor Kiem cared about my worries, eased my concerns, and let me know there was nothing to be concerned about. He is truly an extraordinary surgeon and I thank him for everything he did. I would recommend this doctor to anyone who needs wisdom teeth removal or any dental work.

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I felt well taken care of and I trusted that I was in good hands. Everyone was so kind!

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We brought our daughter in to have 3 wisdom teeth removed. Dr Kragor and the staff in the Calhoun office were absolutely the best. The professionalism, cleanliness and care they showed for her was over the top. Thank you for your time Dr Kragor.

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Great office & staff. Made the process very easy. Would definitely recommend this practice.

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Dr. Kragor and staff took great care of my daughter. I always felt she was in good hands. Highly recommended!

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I'm not a frequent Dentist visitor, and don't have experience with wisdom teeth removal, but my experience here has been stellar. The staff took care of everything even though I could barely answer recommendations, and the surgery itself went without any pain, to include the recovery, even thoughts heard of many nightmare stories.

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Great experience and the staff was very informed and helpful. Made sure I understood care instructions. My surgery was quick and done correctly so healing time was short. Very happy!

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