Wisdom Teeth


What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars. By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth. The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. An estimated 90% of the population does not have enough room for wisdom teeth to grow into a place that is needed for good oral health.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are removed to eliminate the potential risk for infection and damage to adjacent teeth. Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing. Impacted teeth can also be the source of dental cysts and tumors. Cysts are fluid-filled “balloons” inside the jaw bone that develop as a result of impacted teeth and slowly expand destroying adjacent jaw bone and occasionally teeth. They can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumors can be associated with the delayed removal of wisdom teeth. If the removal of wisdom teeth is delayed there becomes inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, and the tooth directly in front resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Kevin Gross or Dr. Dwayne Gross can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.

What Happens On The Day Wisdom Teeth Are Removed?

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. We ask that a parent or responsible adult accompanies you to the office and plans to stay with you the rest of the day. The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes and you will probably be in the office for 90 minutes. Recent advances in medicine and technology allow patients to undergo wisdom tooth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort. State of the art sterilization and infection control techniques are used at all times.

After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

Upon discharge your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 865-379-6322.

After Surgery Instructions

Call 1.877.979.6322 to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation.

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    Wisdom Teeth Presentation

    To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

    Wisdom Teeth Presentation


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