Wisdom Teeth Removal
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:
- Jaw stiffness, tenderness, or pain
- Gum tenderness or redness
- Bacterial growth, which can develop into periodontal disease and tooth decay
- 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, 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.
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
Elizabeth Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Lewallen to get my wisdom teeth extracted. It wasn't anything like I thought it was going to be like. It was very easygoing. There was no pain like I thought it would be. The swelling is what scared me the most, and I didn't have any of that. Dr. Lewallen called me after the procedure. I had never actually had a physician call me after any procedure I've had in the past, so that was very nice that he cared enough to contact me afterward to see how I was doing. If any of my friends in Thompson's Station need to have their wisdom teeth removed, I would recommend Dr. Lewallen."
Grant Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"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."
Susie Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"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."
Will Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"It was just kind of time to get my wisdom teeth out. I wasn't really nervous; I was pretty comfortable with Dr. Clark. My procedure went really well, and the recovery was really easy. Dr. Clark was super kind, made me feel really comfortable, and it was just an overall great experience. It was a little intimidating before I came in because I didn't really know what was going to happen, but it's super reassuring afterwards. It was a really great experience here at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery, and it was super easy and really made me feel like getting my wisdom teeth out wasn't a big deal. If any of my friends or family in Columbia, Murfreesboro, or Nashville needed their wisdom teeth out, then I would highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery."
Kaitlin Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Clark because I needed my wisdom teeth out. The staff talked to me to ease my nerves. Everyone was super nice; everyone was super calming. Dr. Clark also did the same thing; he talked me through the whole procedure and what would happen, and yeah, everyone made me feel really welcome and calm. The procedure went really well; there was no problems at all. My recovery was awesome. All my other friends, they did not go to Dr. Clark, and they had lots of problems with their recovery, but mine was super easy to go through, and I have a feeling that has to do something with the doctor and the procedure. Knowing that he was a medical doctor really helped — me knowing, giving me a peace of mind that everything was going to be okay. I would definitely recommend Dr. Clark and his staff to anyone that needs their wisdom teeth taken out or any other type of oral procedure."
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