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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

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

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These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Virtually No More Dry Sockets!

The most common reason for avoiding wisdom tooth removal is fear!  Patients have often heard about pain and dry sockets from friends or family who have undergone the procedure.  Our doctors have pioneered the solution to both of these issues with the addition of Platelet Rich Fibrin, known as PRF.  We have virtually eliminated dry sockets and reduced reliance on pain medication after surgery.  In fact, our study has recently been published in the International Journal of Dentistry! We are not aware of any other office in Arizona currently using PRF in wisdom teeth removal sites.  Please click on the picture below to learn more about this revolutionary, relatively inexpensive service in our office.No More Dry Sockets with Wisdom Tooth Removal!

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, your surgeon can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future 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.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

All surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Lines and Dr. Hoaglin have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for each patient’s needs.  These options, as well as the surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed.  Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 623-931-9197.

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