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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Franklin, TN

We Protect Oral Health by Extracting Third Molars

Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to emerge into the mouth, usually around the age of 17. For many people, there isn’t enough room in the mouth to house these extra molars. This is why many dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth, or third molars, extracted as soon as possible.

At Southern Oral & Facial Surgery in Franklin, TN, Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, and Dr. Lewallen ensure patients feel as comfortable as possible and remain informed throughout treatment. We regularly extract third molars at both of our offices and would be happy to see you for a consultation.

Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth

It’s important to attend regular dental visits with your general dentist. During these appointments, your dentist takes X-rays of your mouth and when wisdom teeth are detected, he or she will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for extraction. The most common symptom people associate with wisdom teeth is pain. However, third molars do not always cause discomfort. Contact our office if you are in need of extractions or would like an evaluation of your wisdom teeth.

Other symptoms of wisdom teeth include:

  • Swelling
  • Jaw stiffness, tenderness, or pain
  • Gum tenderness or redness
  • Bacterial growth, which can develop into periodontal disease and tooth decay
  • Misalignment
  • Dental overcrowding

Early extraction is recommended because during this stage, the teeth roots are not completely developed and take up less space within the jaw. Younger patients also tend to have speedier recoveries following surgery. However, you can have wisdom teeth removed at any age.

Treating Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When a tooth grows sideways and becomes trapped beneath the gums, it is impacted. An impacted tooth will not erupt into the dental arch and requires surgical intervention. The most commonly impacted teeth are third molars and canine teeth. Because a canine tooth is essential for a proper bite, it is saved and guided into the dental arch through oral surgery and orthodontics. An impacted wisdom tooth, however, is simply removed by an oral surgeon.

When a third molar develops sideways, it can push against other teeth, causing them to fall out of alignment. Wisdom teeth have large roots that can grow into the roots of other teeth or facial nerves, causing severe pain. By having third molars removed, whether they are impacted or not, you are protecting your oral health by avoiding these complications.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

During your first visit to our office in Franklin, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and assess your oral health. We will also talk about your options for anesthesia, although patients typically undergo IV sedation for wisdom tooth surgery. Our team of specialists are ready and willing to address any questions or concerns you have about your procedure.

Your oral surgeon will administer IV sedation, which will render you into a semi-conscious state. Your surgeon will extract visible teeth with forceps and make a small incision in the gum tissue to access impacted teeth. Dissolvable sutures will be placed and you will rest in our recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. Please remember that when undergoing IV sedation, it is your responsibility to arrange for a driver to be present during the surgery, drive you home afterwards, and remain with you for 24 hours.

Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Franklin, TN

The cost of having your third molars extracted will depend on the number of wisdom teeth you have, your choice of anesthesia, and your dental insurance. We will go over these details with you during the consultation and provide you with the cost estimate of your treatment.

As a courtesy to our patients, Southern Oral & Facial Surgery accepts many methods of payment as well as financing to help make oral surgery more affordable. Learn more about our financial and insurance information or contact our office to learn more.

Types of Anesthesia

There are several anesthesia options available so patients can feel comfortable and at ease during treatment.

Hear From Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients

These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom tooth removal at our office.

Reviews From Our Wisdom Tooth Removal Patients

Price Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

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"My experience here at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery has been great. Coming into this practice, I felt very welcomed. It was just a very warm and safe atmosphere here. The staff here are very inviting. They’re very professional. Everything was done with the utmost care. The doctor here took the time to get to know me. I felt like I was in great hands here. It was a very successful procedure and the recovery time was a lot quicker than I expected. I am very happy that I chose Southern Oral & Facial Surgery to get the procedure done. The level of quality and care that I received here was just truly amazing. I would highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."

Austin Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

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"I came to see Dr. Clark because I needed to get my wisdom teeth taken out, and I also needed to get a gum grafting surgery. My gums were too low from brushing my teeth too much, actually, so he had to take gum from the roof of my mouth and stitch it onto the base of my teeth right here to make sure my teeth don’t fall out as I get older. I was nervous that I would be put to sleep and that something would happen or go wrong and that I wouldn’t be able to eat solid food for the next couple days and that it would hurt. Dr. Clark is a very calm person, and so whenever I kind of came into the room, he was just telling me everything’s going to be okay; he’s done this a million times and he’s really good at what he does. I don’t remember the procedure just because I was asleep, but whenever I woke up, I didn’t really feel anything, and it didn’t feel like it took too long at all. My recovery was very well; I recovered within the next week, and I was eating solid food after that, and everything went really well. Yes, I would absolutely recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."

Susie Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

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"I had three wisdom teeth remaining in my head as an adult, and one of them had a cyst around it, and it was problematic for my dentist, and he said I needed to come immediately to an oral surgeon and have it removed. I was a bit nervous because I’m not 18 years old, and I think that I knew that the procedure would probably be a little more difficult for me. Dr. Clark was amazing throughout the procedure. He has a very nice bedside manner — I guess chairside manner, you would say — in the dental office. It did make me feel a lot more confident when I read his credentials, and I knew that he was a medical doctor as well as a dentist because I knew my procedure would be complicated, to say the least, and so I thought, this is good that he has these two credentials. I think the practice is great; Dr. Clark was amazing. Like I said, he was very helpful; any time I called, and I had questions, he was there for me along with the other staff, too, so I would highly recommend this practice."

Grant Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

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"My overall experience here was great. They were very informative, and I was in and out of here in no time. When I first walked into the practice, I was greeted with a smile, and that made me feel wonderful. The staff were very courteous. They treated me with respect and care. The doctor made me feel very great. I felt in good hands. I really trusted him to get the job done. It was a very successful procedure and the recovery was quick and easy. I would recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery because their team is wonderful. They know what they’re doing, they get the job done, and they make you feel special."

Taylor Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

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"I came to see Dr. Clark to get my wisdom teeth extracted. I was nervous it was going to hurt or that I’d be uncomfortable or, like, the pain afterwards would be really bad. They just reassured me that it wasn’t going to hurt, and they gave you the medicine and all that. They take really good care of you. My recovery was good. I had very minimal pain; I had it maybe one or two days, and I didn’t swell at all. Dr. Clark is a family friend, and he’s very easy to get along with, and he’s really kind, and he really reassures you throughout the whole thing. The staff is the same way; they’re very reassuring, and they keep you calm and just tell you everything’s going to be okay, and they’re not going to hurt you or anything like that. I would definitely recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery to any of my friends in Spring Hill, Franklin, Brentwood, or Nashville."

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you remove all four wisdom teeth at once?

You should have all of your wisdom teeth removed at the same time to avoid paying for additional surgeries and having more recoveries after multiple surgical visits.

How long does it take for wisdom teeth holes to heal?

It takes about 2 weeks for the sockets to heal, but you can expect to resume your regular activities within a day or two following your procedure.

How do I know if I have dry socket or normal pain?

Look into your mouth in a mirror and if you see bone where your tooth was before and experience throbbing pain, you may have a dry socket. This occurs when the blood clot in the socket becomes dislodged, often due to smoking or using a straw. Contact our office immediately if you suspect a dry socket.

To avoid dry socket, rinse your mouth and brush your teeth according to your post-operative instructions provided to you. This will ensure proper care of the extraction sites and prevent issues, such as dry socket, from occurring.

Does it hurt to have wisdom teeth removed?

IV sedation will render you into a sleep-like state, unable to feel discomfort. You will be conscious enough to answer questions from your surgeon, but will not remember the procedure. Any post-surgical pain can be managed with prescribed medication, ice packs, or over-the-counter pain medication.

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