Wisdom teeth removal in Atlanta, GA
People who have developed a full set of primary teeth are unaware that they may have an additional set of teeth growing under the surface of their gums that can cause significant problems. This third set of molars — wisdom teeth, as they are more commonly known — are often undetectable without regular dental examinations until they become a problem. Sometimes, they grow beneath the surface of the gums, and the mouth must be X-rayed to determine if they are present. Other times, the teeth partially emerge from the gums but do not grow in fully.
While these teeth have the ability to provide added value to the mouth by increasing its chewing and grinding power, their growth pattern does not typically allow patients to experience their benefit. Many people do not have enough room for these teeth to grow in properly, which can cause problems with maintaining appropriate oral hygiene.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
The presence of wisdom teeth makes patients more susceptible to other oral problems, including
- Swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and pain
- Increased risk of tumor growth and cyst development, which can in turn cause issues in healthy teeth and the jaw bone
- Bacterial growth, gum disease, tooth decay, and even bad breath caused by periodontal disease
The doctors at Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta may recommend that third molars be removed early, usually during the mid to late teens, even if they haven’t begun to emerge from the gums yet. The removal process is generally much more rapid if wisdom teeth are removed early because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed, and younger patients are more likely to experience a quick recovery after surgery. Additionally, early removal may prevent the potential injury to a nerve that runs through the lower jaw.
Prior to wisdom teeth removal, you will receive a thorough oral examination, panoramic X-ray, and possible 3D scanning of the jaws to determine the position and size of the teeth. Your procedure will be performed in the same office that you have your pre-surgical consultation. Drs. Aiken and Shessel have been extensively trained to administer anesthesia, and our office offers multiple anesthetic options, including
- Local Anesthesia – an anesthetic applied directly to the area of removal
- Nitrous Oxide – also known as laughing gas, an anesthetic option used in congruence with other anesthetic options to calm anxiety during the procedure
- Oral Sedation – an oral sedative to calm anxiety during the procedure, often combined with nitrous oxide sedation
- Sedation Anesthesia – an anesthetic administered through an intravenous (IV) line, suppressing your consciousness during the procedure
Our skilled surgeons and highly trained office staff will ensure that you are fully informed by answering any questions you may have before your procedure, as well as help you chose the method of anesthesia that is best for you. At Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, we do everything in our power to ensure that you have a comfortable and rapid recovery following your surgery and achieve the optimum result.
Where should I get my wisdom teeth removed in Atlanta, GA?
We are happy to address your questions, concerns, and inquiries. Please contact our office through one of the following methods of communication.
Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta
3280 Howell Mill Rd
Suite 240, West Wing
Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone: (404) 351-5335
Fax: (404) 351-1339
After-Hours Emergency Line: (404) 487-2527
Mon–Thu: 8:00 AM–4::00 PM
Fri: 8:00 AM–2:00 PM