The Removal of Wisdom Teeth
If you’re like the majority of Americans, you will have your wisdom teeth removed at some point in your life. This may come as a surprise, but the average mouth can only comfortably hold 28 teeth – and wisdom teeth increase the total to 32. When your wisdom teeth erupt (or fail to erupt), there can be dire consequences. If you are concerned that you or your child need treatment for one or more troublesome wisdom teeth, schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons at our Phoenix or Tempe office to learn more.
Unlike a general dentist who rarely removes wisdom teeth, Drs. Michael W. Golding and J. Gregory Sabol frequently perform the procedure. You can count on their expertise for the highest level of care and comfort, from your first consultation to discuss treatment options to follow-up care following your procedure.
Having one or more wisdom teeth removed can be important to maintain oral health, at any age. To schedule a consultation at our Phoenix or Tempe office, contact us today.
Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause a number of complications including:
- Infection and illness
- Pain, stiffness around the site and swelling
- Overcrowding or shifting of the teeth
- Disruption of orthodontic assisted alignment
- Tumors or cysts around the wisdom teeth that destroy healthy jawbone and surrounding teeth
To avoid these and other potential problems, your child should be evaluated in their mid-teenage years. By performing an oral examination and taking X-rays, a dentist or oral surgeon can quickly and easily determine if one or more wisdom teeth need to be removed.
The Procedure: What to Expect
Removing wisdom teeth is performed as a simple outpatient procedure at each of our three locations. With the high level of knowledge, expertise and care at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona, patients can rest assured their procedure will go smoothly from start to finish.
Our patients’ comfort and relaxation is our priority. A variety of sedative options are available, but typically patients have their wisdom teeth removed under a local or general anesthetic or nitrous oxide. Once the teeth have been removed, the surgeon places a small number of sutures to close the opening in the gums.
Approximately a week after surgery, the sutures are removed during a follow-up visit. Afterwards, patients are sent home with a postoperative kit to ensure proper care and comfort. Along with postoperative care instructions, the kit includes antibiotics and a prescription for pain medication, if needed.
Schedule a Consultation Today
At Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona, we believe an investment in your oral health can greatly improve your quality of life. It is never too late to explore having your wisdom teeth removed. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule an examination at our Phoenix, or Tempe office. Many of our patients come from surrounding communities, including Arcadia and Scottsdale.