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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Alpharetta, GA

If your doctor tells you that you need your wisdom teeth removed, you may be scared but not surprised. We’ve all seen our friends, family, and loved ones go through it. Though common, removing your wisdom teeth can be a complicated procedure. Our team is well-equipped to treat problematic wisdom teeth and preserve your child's oral health.

Alpharetta wisdom tooth removal

Why might I need wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth often have to be extracted to ensure the rest of your teeth stay healthy. Most wisdom teeth erupt misaligned, which can cause tooth crowding and disruption in your teeth and gums. This is not only painful but can make oral hygiene more difficult. Another common reason for wisdom teeth extraction is a partial eruption. This encourages bacteria to accumulate in the pockets of your gums, putting you at risk for gum disease, infection, and tooth decay. That being said, sometimes wisdom teeth don’t always need to be removed. If your wisdom teeth erupt properly aligned and don’t impact your other teeth, your doctor may not recommend extraction. But generally, wisdom teeth need to be removed to preserve a healthy smile.

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Many theorize that wisdom teeth are left over from a time when our human ancestors had larger jaws and more teeth.

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Digital x-rays provide high-resolution images of your teeth which allows us to make more precise diagnoses. We can see exactly why the tooth is causing pain and determine if an extraction is needed.

Sedation Options For Maximum Comfort

We know wisdom teeth removal can be scary, but it doesn’t need to be. We administer general anesthesia in a controlled environment to make the procedure as painless as possible.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth Are No Match For Us

Impacted wisdom teeth can be tricky to remove but this is no problem for our team. We will efficiently remove your impacted wisdom teeth with minimal discomfort. We know you deserve expert care for a complex procedure.

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The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

Eliminates Pain and Discomfort

Wisdom teeth can cause pain and discomfort. They have no limitations in how they erupt, often growing sideways or putting uncomfortable pressure on your other teeth. Wisdom teeth removal will relieve the pain and release your teeth from the pressure.

Prevents Infection & Bacteria

When wisdom teeth partially erupt, the open gap around the teeth is essentially a pool for bacteria to grow and thrive. Removing your wisdom teeth will keep your mouth healthy and free from bacteria and infection.

Reduces Additional Complications

When left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can damage neighboring teeth and lead to the development of cysts that cause pain, inflammation, and more extensive issues.

The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

Treatment Plan

Conditions of pain and infection certainly require more urgent treatment of wisdom teeth. However, by also providing routine primary care for your child, Dr. Bell is able to routinely monitor your child's development to determine the optimal time for your child's wisdom teeth procedure and the level of sedation that may be indicated for him or her.

The Procedure

Your Alpharetta dentist will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and administer sedation to make you more comfortable, usually this consists of general anesthesia or laughing gas. Your doctor will then gently loosen the tooth in the socket with a dental elevator. Once it’s loose, they will remove the tooth with dental forceps. The surgical site will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected so the healing process can begin.

Recovery & Aftercare

Once the procedure is completed, sutures will be placed so that the site can heal correctly. Before we send you home, we will provide thorough instructions to ensure that your mouth is recovering at a normal pace. Although the best way to heal is with proper rest and relaxation, we will only be a phone call away if you have any questions!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

When is wisdom teeth extraction necessary?

There are many reasons why wisdom teeth removal may be necessary. This includes wisdom teeth growing in at the wrong angle. They can grow sideways, partially erupt, or even become trapped underneath the gum and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can take many positions in the bone as they try to find a pathway to successfully erupt. All of these reasons make wisdom teeth removal necessary to preserve your oral health.

What if my wisdom teeth don’t hurt?

Sometimes wisdom teeth aren’t painful which can indicate different things. There is a chance they may be growing in properly without any issues, but being pain-free doesn’t necessarily mean there’s nothing wrong. Even if they aren’t causing pain currently, it doesn’t mean issues won’t arise in the future. Wisdom teeth are often impacted or trapped beneath the surface of the gums which may become a larger issue later down the line. That’s why it’s important to consult with your doctor regardless of pain or not so we can provide you with more information.

Is wisdom teeth removal painful?

Thanks to our sedation options, the procedure itself is not painful. You won’t feel any discomfort before or immediately after. After a few hours, it’s common to feel tenderness, swelling, bruising, and possibly some bleeding. These symptoms generally peak 2-3 days after the procedure and will slowly diminish as you continue to heal. Make sure to only eat soft foods for about a week to prevent further irritation.

How long does it take to recover from wisdom teeth removal?

It takes about 1-2 weeks for your mouth to fully recover after the extraction. During this process, it’s vital to carefully follow the recovery instructions provided by your doctor. This is to ensure that you heal properly and prevent complications. If you are still dealing with severe pain and discomfort after this period, contact your doctor for a follow-up. Pain after this period is not normal and should be addressed as soon as possible.

How do I care for the extraction site post-op?

Caring for the extraction site after your operation is essential in avoiding dry socket. Dry socket is a complication that arises if a blood clot fails to form, exposing your nerves and causing pain. That’s why we recommend biting on gauze as prescribed by your doctor. If bleeding or oozing persists, replace your gauze and bite firmly on the extraction site for another 30-45 minutes. Also, for the first few days following your extraction, avoid drinking anything through a straw, as the suction can dislodge the blood clot and cause dry socket. Avoid smoking and the use of tobacco products as well – not only can the suction cause dry socket, but the chemicals present in tobacco products can significantly impede your body’s ability to heal. Contact our office if bleeding persists multiple days following the extraction.

Are wisdom teeth extractions covered by insurance?

Extractions to remove impacted wisdom teeth, or damaged or decayed teeth, are often covered by insurance because it's a medical necessity. However, every insurance plan has various benefits and policies, so we recommend that you contact your insurance provider for specific details.

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