Wisdom Teeth in Columbia & Jefferson City, MO
Wisdom Teeth Eruption (problem)
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function.
The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces.
The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
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 successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth 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 teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems.
Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. The most recent study findings and recommendations can be found here.
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Wisdom Teeth Presentation
Third Molar Extraction Full Boney Impaction
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Andrews can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be 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.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Andrews has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under deep sedation or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions and a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Columbia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Phone Number 573-443-0466.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
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Patient Reviews: Wisdom Teeth Removal
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I waited two years after learning about the problems my impacted wisdom teeth were causing to have them removed, partly out of the anxiety of having the procedure done. The staff scheduled my appointment quickly and when I arrived, the wait time was basically nothing. They described the procedure to me before hand and answered…
- Alyssa Sread more
While I had minimal (lucid) interaction with him, Dr. Andrews was very calm and helped ease my nerves and was quick to answer all of my questions. I do wish that there was a follow-up appointment after surgery. I received a call asking how I was the day after surgery but no other follow-up has…
- Sarah Pread more
Never once did I have any anxiety about having my wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Atwood was very professional and did an amazing job on removing my teeth. I couldn't have asked for better care and service. The only thing I wish I could have changed, was how crazy I was and the things I said…
- Aaron Mread more
Friendly staff, minimal wait times, worked well with my referring dentist so X-rays didn't have to be repeated. Dr. Andrews and staff made getting my wisdom teeth out as comfortable as possible.
- kayla fread more
Very organized and efficient. Great experience. Dr. Andrews was wonderful.
- Beth Aread more
The staff was awesome, kind, and very helpful. I would definitely recommend Dr. Andrews to a friend. My surgery and recovery went very smoothly and I had no problems.
- Em Yread more