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

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Stephen A. Bankston, Erik Belinfante, Louis S. Belinfante, Henry Blair, Thomas David, Abtin Etezadi, Jorge Gonzalez, 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, Jorge Gonzalez, 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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Atlanta Oral & Facial Surgery

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Dr Bankston,his staff, the front desk, are wonderful! Parking and the office was super clean and easy!

- Gabriela G

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When my dentist recommended to get my wisdom teeth pulled out, I was honestly really scared because it involved surgery. My dentist office recommended to visit Dr. Eric Belinfante as he has years of expertise in wisdom teeth extractions and is highly rated in the area. Although I was skeptical at first, I decided to give it a shot and booked a consultation with the facility in Sugar Hill. After meeting with the doctor and his medical assistant, my perception of the surgery changed upside down! The medical assistant was really kind in welcoming my parents and I into the room, taking a scan of my teeth, and explaining the entire procedure in detail. The doctor accompanied us after 15 minutes and answered all of the questions my parents had regarding the surgery and its after effects. The overall experience made me feel very comfortable and confident towards facing the surgery since I knew exactly what was being done to me and how much time the entire surgery would take. On the day of the surgery, a medical assistant accompanied me into the room where my teeth extractions would be complete. I always get a little nervous when I see medical personnel wearing masks before a procedure, so my parents asked the front desk if they could stay with me in the room until I was given general anesthetia. Although they were not allowed to enter due to medical protocol, the front desk was very sweet about conveying this to the doctor and medical assistants immediately. When the doctor entered, he made me really comfortable and relaxed by making small jokes and asking about my work so that I got distracted from my fear. After he delivered the anesthetia, he kept asking me whether I felt comfortable and sleepy, and waited to call his medical assistants and put on a mask until I was almost completely asleep. I woke up immediately after he completed the surgery (not before, not later after), and was accompanied into a nearby room where I was constantly monitored by the medical assistants to ensure that I didn't experience heavy bleeding or dizziness. When the anesthetia's effect had finally subsided, I was escorted by a medical assistant down to the parking lot where my parents were waiting for me. Overall, I have had the most pleasant experience with removing my wisdom teeth, and very minimal pain afterwards as well. I felt that the overall medical team was extremely caring and committed to ensuring that I was not scared of my experience, while doing a very professional job. I would recommend Dr. Belinfante to anybody who needs to get their wisdom teeth out because he's definitely the best in the area and you're guaranteed to have a pleasant experience!

- Madhuvanthi S

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Dr. Gonzalez was awesome!! He made me feel very comfortable and relaxed about my procedure because I’m never had any surgeries and I’ve never met. The way he explained everything about the surgery and the recovery made me feel a lot better and a lot less nervous. I would definitely recommend Dr. Gonzalez !!!

- Gabriella T

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WOW! Dr. Kragor is phenominal. He is definitely a forward thinker. Fabulous bedside manner and above and beyond care!

- sherry k

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I would HIGHLY recommend this office and Dr. Threadgill - on Friday, I woke up to an absolutely painful impacted wisdom tooth. It was unbearable throughout the weekend. They were able to get me in for an emergency consultation and quick wisdom tooth removal that Tuesday and were very professional. The day of removal I had a little pain, but virtually no swelling - it’s day two, and I have absolutely no swelling and little to no pain at all. They did an incredible job that minimized the recovery process - thank you so much!

- Calen D

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AOFS made removing wisdom teeth an easy process. I would recommend their offices to anyone!

- Cheri V

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Dr. Gonzalez was amazing!! He is very sweet, gentle, and caring, during the consultation and for the procedure of removing my wisdom teeth. I was extremely nervous and he put me at ease. And, what also amazed me was, he called me later that night to see how I was doing. That's a doctor who cares!!! Thank you very much Dr. Gonzalez!!!! You are very much appreciated!!!

- Denise E

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There was no one else that I would have chosen to remove my daughters wisdom teeth. Dr. Wunderle removed my wisdom teeth 19 years ago and I loved him then and I love him even more now for taking such great care of my daughter. Amazing office and doctor.

- Lisa E

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Thank you...especially to Pam!

- Joseph G

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I recovered perfectly and had little to no pain post op! Dr. Kragor did a wonderful job 🙂

- Angela D

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Dr Keim was extremely gentle and alleviated my extreme nervousness. Staff is friendly and efficient. I will definitely recommend Dr Keim to others

- Olivia P

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Dr. Wunderle and his staff are wonderful! I have never been treated better. They answered all of my questions and eased my nerves. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you so much for your compassion and consideration. God bless all of you!

- Emily E

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Everyone was kind and friendly. I felt comfortable and had no complaints.

- Erica M

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Pre-consult appointment and surgery were both handled in a timely manner and I've had surprisingly minimal pain after surgery! A few more details from the surgical staff post-op or a write up with details would have been nice, but overall, very satisfied.

- Marie .

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- Manuela C

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- Erick F

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I had my wisdom teeth removal surgery a few weeks ago. When I initially heard I was going to have to have this procedure done, I was really scared and full of anxiety. When I had my consultation, the nurses and Dr. Wunderle III explained everything perfectly, and told me exactly what to expect from the very beginning to the end of the procedure. The day I went in for the surgery, I had the absolute best nurses who explained everything they were doing as they were doing it, and reassured me not to be nervous. They talked with me not only about the surgery, but other aspects of my life, which helped me feel relaxed when I first walked in the door. The nurses were so friendly, and made me feel comfortable. Dr. Wunderle III did an amazing job taking out my wisdom teeth, and overall, the recovery time and process wasn’t too bad. Thanks to his instructions, I was able to return to my sport quickly, as well as many other activities I enjoy doing in my life. Without a doubt, I would definitely recommend Dr. Wunderle III and his staff to anyone needing to have oral surgery done. They are the best. Thank you Dr. Wunderle III and staff!

- Lexi C

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The surgery was quick and efficient. Thank you so much.

- Timothy C

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- Mason M

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Everyone was great

- Evelyn H

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