If you have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal in Saginaw, MI, you may be looking for more information about wisdom teeth and why they need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to grow in the mouth, and they typically emerge much later than the rest of the teeth. In most cases, when they begin growing, they cause problems to the rest of your teeth because your mouth does not have enough room to accommodate them. In order to avoid the issues commonly caused by wisdom teeth, the oral surgeons at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center recommend early removal.
When a mouth cannot properly house wisdom teeth, they will grow in at an angle in an attempt to make room for themselves. This poses a risk to the rest of your teeth because the wisdom teeth can encroach on the roots of your other molars and damage them. Wisdom teeth also have a tendency to get stuck, or impacted, beneath the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, tooth decay, and can even spur the growth of cysts and tumors. Fortunately, having your wisdom teeth examined and removed at our office in Saginaw, MI, will help you avoid all of these problems.
Wisdom Teeth Consultation
You may not be sure if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed, which is why we recommend that you come visit our office for a consultation appointment. At your wisdom teeth consultation, our oral surgeons will examine the position of your wisdom teeth by examining your mouth and reviewing X-rays and 3D scans. Once they have determined whether or not your wisdom teeth are threatening the health of your mouth, they can develop your personalized treatment plan for wisdom teeth removal.
Easy, Virtual Consultations With Tele-Consult
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center is pleased to offer after-hours tele-consults for patients seeking wisdom teeth removal.
A tele-consult is a virtual consultation that 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, a tele-consult allows you to have a consultation at the time and place that is convenient for you. A tele-consult 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 a tele-consult is at the discretion of the practice to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes. In general, patients seeking a tele-consult 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 a tele-consult for wisdom teeth removal, please call our office and ask the front desk.
Anesthesia for Wisdom Teeth Removal
An important part of your consultation appointment will also be determining what sedation is right for your treatment. At Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center, we offer a variety of anesthesia options to our patients to help them feel comfortable during treatment.
- Local anesthesia is the most common sedation, and most patients have experienced it at the dentist if they’ve ever had a filling or undergone another simple dental procedure. Local anesthesia is a numbing agent used at the surgical site to prevent the patient from feeling any pain or discomfort.
- Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is typically used in conjunction with other forms of sedation. Nitrous oxide is a great resource for patients who feel especially anxious before their procedure. It can be used to help calm patients before local or IV anesthesia is administered.
- IV anesthesia is used in treatments in which patients wish to be unaware during their surgical procedure. IV anesthesia helps patients fall into a sleep-like state so that they can rest peacefully until their procedure is complete.
In most wisdom teeth removal cases, patients choose to receive IV anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable. When patients wake up after the procedure, they typically don’t even realize that the surgery has already been performed. Oral surgeons are specially trained in the administration of all forms of anesthesia, so no matter what you decide, you will be in safe hands. Your oral surgeon will discuss all of these options with you at our consultation appointment and help you pick the right sedation for you.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
At your surgical appointment, you will have time to have any of your questions about post-operative care answered before we administer your anesthesia. Once you are asleep, your oral surgeon will open your gums, remove any bone that may be blocking your molars, and then remove the wisdom teeth. In many instances, he will break the teeth into small pieces to make the removal process easier. If your wisdom teeth have already erupted through the gums, then they can be removed like any other tooth.
Where can I get my wisdom teeth removed in Saginaw, MI?
We are proud to offer wisdom teeth removal at our office in Saginaw, MI. Our oral surgeons have years of experience and have removed thousands of wisdom teeth in our practice. If you’re interested in wisdom teeth removal for you or your child, we encourage you to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Phone: (989) 401-6591
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.