Wisdom Teeth Removal in Thompson’s Station, TN
Comfortable Third Molar Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal is a commonly performed procedure in our Thompson’s Station, TN, office. Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars to emerge in the mouth, typically developing between the ages of 15 and 20. When they have enough space to grow properly, they may not need to be extracted; however, this is rarely the case. Most patients’ mouths are too small to accommodate their growth, which cause them to develop improperly and causes a host of oral health problems.
Southern Oral & Facial Surgery provides patients in Thompson’s Station, TN, and nearby areas with safe, comfortable wisdom tooth extractions. Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, Dr. Lewallen, and Dr. Bailey answer all of your questions and work hard to keep you comfortable and informed throughout your time with us. To schedule an appointment at our Thompson’s Station office, contact our front desk staff today.
Symptoms of Third Molars
Without enough room to erupt, wisdom teeth cannot be cleaned or taken care of properly. It’s common for the growth of the teeth to result in more serious complications. Many people associate wisdom teeth with pain, but not everyone experiences discomfort. Even if you are not in pain, your wisdom teeth could still be causing damage to your teeth, nerves, and overall health.
Wisdom teeth have large, unpredictable roots that can damage other roots. They can grow into facial nerves, which can be extremely painful. Impacted wisdom teeth, or ones that grow sideways and cannot break through the gums, can push other teeth out of alignment. An impacted tooth is difficult to clean around, leaving you prone to infections and the formation of cysts around the tooth.
If left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause the following issues:
- Swelling, jaw stiffness, tenderness, and pain around wisdom teeth
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, and tooth decay
- Misalignment and/or crowding of healthy teeth
- Increased risk of tumor and cyst growth
Dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons recommend having your third molars evaluated early in our Thompson’s Station, TN, office. Early evaluation is key because the teeth are in the early stage of development, making for easier extraction. Undergoing early removal means a lower risk of complications during the procedure and typically results in a faster recovery.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
Before the extraction procedure, you must attend a consultation at our office. This appointment gives your oral surgeon a chance to review your health history, take 3D scans, and perform a thorough oral examination. It’s also an opportunity for you to get all your questions answered and learn about your options for anesthesia. Most patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure.
Your oral surgeon will administer the anesthesia and safely extract the wisdom teeth. For impacted teeth, your surgeon may make small incisions in the gum tissue to access the tooth prior to removing it. Dissolvable sutures will be placed and you will rest until the anesthesia wears off. Remember that if you are undergoing IV sedation, you must have a responsible adult present during surgery to drive you home afterward and remain with you for 24 hours.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Thompson’s Station, TN
The cost of your oral surgery procedure depends on how many wisdom teeth you have, your choice of anesthesia, and your dental insurance. We will discuss all of these items with you during the consultation and provide you with a cost estimate for your treatment.
To make oral surgery accessible to more people, our practice accepts a wide variety of payment methods. We have financing available to help make your wisdom teeth removal more affordable. 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
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."
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."
Hudson Reviews His Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Clark because I had to get my wisdom teeth taken out. I was nervous; I don’t know, I just have never had a surgery before or any bones broken or anything like that, so I was just cautious about what was going to happen. I’ve heard stories and stuff like that. They all were very, very kind and very gentle; they eased me through the process. The way they described it made it seem like it was nothing, and it was nothing. It was perfect; I literally did not feel anything. I just fell asleep, and I woke up, and I was done. My recovery was awesome; I had no pain, no swelling. Dr. Clark — he’s a really, really great surgeon. He made it so where everything went perfectly smoothly, exactly how I wanted and expected it to go. I would highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery because they’re the best."
Alisha Reviews Her Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
"Everybody here made me feel relaxed, and us feel very welcome. The staff were very encouraging and made us feel right at home. The doctor here was incredibly personable and made us feel very calm and relaxed about our experience. As a mom, the doctor made me feel like my children were in great hands. The procedure was successful, and the recovery went really smooth. On top of that, they actually called and checked in on us, which made me feel very comfortable knowing that they cared so much. To my friends in Thompson's Station and Nashville, I would highly recommend Southern Oral & Facial Surgery for your wisdom teeth removal."
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."
Frequently Asked Questions
Can your dentist remove wisdom teeth?
Oral surgeons receive 4–6 additional years of training after dental school. They are qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia, whereas general dentists can only administer local anesthesia. Oral surgeons specialize in tooth extractions, dental implants, and more complex procedures such as jaw surgery and facial trauma. Your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon when it’s time to have your wisdom teeth taken out.
How long should I take off work for wisdom teeth?
You can expect to rest on the day of your surgery and the following day. Most patients resume normal activities a few days following surgery. The entire healing period will take about 2 weeks for the sockets to heal and the sutures to dissolve.
What is dry socket?
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that has formed in an empty tooth socket becomes dislodged, revealing the sensitive bone underneath. It can be very painful and requires immediate attention. Suction, like when using a straw or smoking, can dislodge the blood clot. You should avoid these activities for 1 week following your oral surgery. If you suspect a dry socket, contact our office immediately.
What helps wisdom teeth holes heal faster?
Follow your post-operative instructions closely to ensure the smoothest recovery possible. Rinse your mouth with a salt water solution and gently brush your teeth around the extraction site. Some patients are given an irrigating syringe to use around the surgical area. Avoid hard or sticky foods and manage pain with ice packs or over-the-counter pain medication. Proper rest, hydration, and oral hygiene will ensure you heal as quickly as possible.
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