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 causes them to develop improperly and cause a host of oral health problems.
Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Without enough room to erupt, they cannot be cleaned or taken care of properly. In these cases, it’s common for the growth of the teeth to result in more serious complications.
The presence of 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
Our oral 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 and haven’t yet had time to damage your oral health. Undergoing early removal means a lower risk of complications during the procedure and typically results in an easier recovery.
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 X-rays and 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:
- Local Anesthesia. We will use a numbing agent to numb the area of surgery, ensuring you feel no pain. It is commonly used in simple dental procedures.
- Nitrous Oxide. More commonly known as laughing gas, we typically use nitrous oxide in conjunction with local anesthesia to help patients ease their nerves. It can also help numb the lips, gums, and teeth during oral procedures.
- Intravenous (IV) Sedation. Some patients prefer to sleep through their wisdom teeth removal procedure; IV sedation makes this possible. We can provide medication through an IV that helps patients fall asleep and remain asleep until the procedure is over. Oral surgeons are highly qualified to administer IV sedation, and you can feel confident you won’t feel a thing.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Thompson’s Station, TN
Our team always does everything in our power to ensure you feel comfortable and safe in our office. We want you to have a positive treatment experience and an easy, quick recovery. If you have any questions about your treatment, we are always happy to answer them. We encourage you to call our office and schedule an appointment in Thompson’s Station, TN, for your wisdom teeth needs.