Wisdom Teeth Removal in Metro Atlanta
The average adult will grow 32 teeth in their lifetime; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspids) are ideal for biting food into small pieces. The back teeth (molars) are used to grind food up into a consistency capable of being swallowed and digested. Over time, our mouths have evolved to typically only have room to hold 28 teeth. As one can imagine, trying to fit four extra teeth in a mouth that has adapted to forego this extra space can be painful. These four extra teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth,” and can be removed by our professional team here at Atlanta Oral & Facial Surgery. Keep reading to learn more.
Examination & Removal
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our doctors can evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future issues. Studies prove early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient, so be sure to contact us immediately if you begin noticing your wisdom teeth erupting. Our doctors have the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia to make you feel at ease from start to finish. In most cases, removal is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. These options and the potential surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications) will be discussed with you before the procedure. If you’d like further information on wisdom tooth surgery, don’t hesitate to reach out to our seasoned team.
Why Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Necessary
As the last teeth to erupt within the mouth, it is common for wisdom teeth to not have the room they need to grow in properly. We frequently see wisdom teeth that have grown in sideways, partially emerged, even trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth will typically try to take several positions in the bone as an attempt to find a pathway that allows them to erupt successfully, causing pain and damage to the surrounding gums and teeth. When they can only partially erupt, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. If you notice or feel your wisdom teeth growing in and begin experiencing the following symptoms, contact us to ask about our removal services:
- Sore throat
- Jaw ache
- Shifting teeth
- Irregular growths