Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. They usually make an appearance around the mid to late teen years, though some people develop them into their twenties. It’s rare that wisdom teeth grow without causing problems. Many dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible to avoid complications.
The average mouth can only hold 28 teeth, so it can be problematic when an additional four try to squeeze in. A wisdom tooth has large, unpredictable roots that can damage other roots and nearby nerves. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that has become trapped beneath the gums, possibly leading to infection and cysts. Third molars are large and can cause pain and swelling as they try to push their way into the dental arch.
By removing wisdom teeth early, you can prevent these problems and protect the health of your other teeth. Contact our Owosso, MI, office for a consultation to have your or your child’s wisdom teeth removed.
Consultation for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Your first visit will consist of an oral examination and 3D scans, which show our specialists the locations of nearby tooth roots, nerves, and the position of your wisdom teeth. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but it’s possible to have more, less, or none at all. It’s important to attend regular checkups with your dentist; they will take X-rays during your regular checkups to monitor your wisdom teeth as they grow and develop.
Easy Virtual Consultations
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center is pleased to offer after-hours online video consultations for patients seeking wisdom teeth removal.
An online video consultation takes place in a HIPAA-compliant video conference setting. It is a safe and convenient way to meet your doctor and care team while you receive important information about your treatment plan, financial details, pre- and post-operative instructions, and more. As an added bonus, an online consultation allows you to speak with your surgeon at the time and place that is convenient for you. This is very similar to an in-person consultation, so you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
While we make every effort to ensure we exceed our patients’ expectations, eligibility of an online video consultation is at the discretion of the practice to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes. In general, patients seeking an online consultation should:
- Be between the ages of 14 and 30 years of age
- Be in good health
- Have recent panorex X-rays
- Have a reliable, high-speed internet connection
If you are interested in an online video consultation for wisdom teeth removal, please call our office and ask the front desk.
Wisdom Teeth Surgery and Anesthesia
Many patients undergo general anesthesia, which allows you to sleep and wake up when the surgery is over. For simple extractions, we may recommend local anesthesia to temporarily numb the area. We will discuss your anesthesia options during your consultation.
General Anesthesia. This is administered intravenously and puts the patients into an unconscious state, unable to feel pain or discomfort, and wake up when the surgery is over.
Nitrous Oxide. Often known as laughing gas, this anesthetic is inhaled and provides mild pain-relieving effects while putting the patient in a relaxed state. We can combine it with general or local anesthesia.
Local Anesthesia. Lidocaine is a numbing anesthetic injected through a needle. It numbs the area, preventing discomfort, and is used for general extractions or minor procedures.
We will discuss your options and help you select the right form of anesthesia for your upcoming procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Surgery
Every wisdom tooth removal surgery is different. The duration of your surgery will depend on how many wisdom teeth are being removed and if you have any impacted wisdom teeth. We will discuss your treatment beforehand so you know exactly what to expect on the day of your surgery and the steps to follow during recovery.
During your procedure, your oral surgeon will administer the anesthesia and remove the teeth from your gums with care and precision. If a wisdom tooth is poking through the gums, your surgeon will simply remove it with forceps. If a wisdom tooth is trapped beneath the gums, or impacted, your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue and break the tooth into smaller pieces to remove it.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Near Owosso, MI
You can find our office in Owosso, Michigan, just off of N Michigan 52/N Shiawassee St. Our team at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center looks forward to providing exceptional oral surgery care to you and your loved ones. Please contact us to schedule a consultation.
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