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, Dr. Lewallen, and Dr. Bailey 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 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
Madison Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"When I found out that I needed to come see Dr. Young, my mom told me that I was going to be getting my wisdom teeth out, and to be honest, I was not very happy about it. I get really nervous about having to go see doctors of any sort. When I came to see Dr. Young, he was very, very inviting. He came in the room with a bright smile, and I know that I asked him way too many questions. He honestly answered all of them very patiently, and we actually had a really good time talking about it, and I learned a lot. He was very informative. My nerves were very, very calmed by how he handled me as a patient, and he didn't speak down to me at all, he just informed me. I would highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery to anyone looking for a place to get their wisdom teeth removed in Franklin, Brentwood, or Spring Hill."
Taylor Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"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."
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."
Tim Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I was referred to Dr. Clark by my regular dentist, Dr. Lawyer. I went to visit him for a very painful wisdom tooth, and he said that he recommend that I get them pulled and not only one but all of them. So I was referred to Dr. Clark. At first, Dr. Clark is as professional as can be; he really knew his stuff. He came in and explained everything matter-of-fact and what it was going to do and so forth. He was very professional, very thorough, very nice guy. The staff was great; the whole experience was very positive. I was very happy I came. Dr. Clark is just an amazing surgeon, doctor, dentist all rolled up in one — just excellent."
Austin Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"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."
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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