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Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and grow in at the very back of the mouth. Many people do not have enough room for this final set of molars to grow into the dental arch, which can cause oral health problems, like dental crowding. Regular dental screening can assist in identifying wisdom tooth development early and monitoring growth during the early teen years. The best way to avoid wisdom tooth complications is to remove them before a problem arises. Early removal also tends to result in a much easier procedure and small surgical sites, which means a quicker and more comfortable recovery.
Dr. Robert Bryan and Dr. Jeremy Goodson are experts in wisdom teeth removal and perform this procedure regularly at our practice in Oklahoma City, OK. Whether you have a single wisdom tooth, all four third molars, or more than four, the first step toward removal is an initial consultation with an oral surgeon. The consultation gives our doctors a chance to examine your condition and determine a detailed and individualized treatment plan. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, our friendly staff is happy to assist you in scheduling your appointment and answering all your questions.
Third molars begin to develop in the early teens and usually finish developing during the early twenties. Some patients have enough room for proper growth, and they can grow into the mouth without any problems. However, many patients must have them removed to avoid complications. If the teeth are impacted, or trapped beneath the surface of the gums, it can be difficult for patients to identify a problem until it causes pain or discomfort. Attending routine cleanings with a general dentist is an excellent way to monitor the growth of third molars and watch for symptoms that a complication is developing. Dentists are trained to identify their growth before they cause complications, and they can recommend you to our oral surgery office when they think it’s time for further examination and removal.
Some of the most common complications associated with wisdom teeth include
- Dental crowding. Dental crowding makes a patient uncomfortable during daily activities such as eating, breathing, and speaking correctly.
- Infection. Gum infections such as periodontal disease occur in the teeth, causing the teeth to loosen and require an extraction procedure.
- Cysts, tumors, and additional growths. Cysts, tumors, and unnecessary growths may develop in the dental arch when your wisdom teeth are left intact.
If you or your dentist notices any of the above complications, it is important to see an expert evaluation with an oral surgeon. During your initial consultation, Drs. Bryan and Goodson will complete a comprehensive oral examination and 3D scanning of your mouth and jaws. These high-definition images will allow them to assess your condition better and develop a plan for efficient removal.
At Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, our oral surgeons extract teeth on a routine basis and wish to provide you with a comfortable and safe surgical experience. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your options for sedation and help you select the right anesthetic for your surgery. Most patients elect to undergo IV sedation and rest comfortably during the procedure.
On the day of surgery, be sure to have a responsible adult drive you to the office and home following removal. After administering the agreed-upon anesthetic, the oral surgeon will carefully remove the molars and suture the gums. Following surgery, it is critical to follow the post-operative care instructions for an efficient and comfortable recovery. We will provide all care instructions during the initial consultation to ensure every patient is prepared for this period of recovery.
In most cases, patients report they are back to their normal routine within a few days to a week. Discomfort after surgery is minimal; we will prescribe narcotic pain medicine, but over-the-counter medication will usually suffice. Patients may not need any medicine at all; your recovery will depend on your individual condition and how well you follow your post-operative instructions. For any questions about healing, please call our office at any time. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have to ensure you experience a comfortable recovery and optimal results.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Oklahoma City, OK
At Oral Surgery Specialists of Oklahoma, we treat patients of all ages, including teens and young adults. If your general dentist has told you to have your third molars removed, or you believe your wisdom teeth are causing complications, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment. Drs. Robert Bryan and Jeremy Goodson would be happy to see you for an initial consultation and present you with your treatment options. Contact our office in Oklahoma City at (405) 755-4826 to speak to a member of our friendly front desk team.