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Sunday, August 18, 2013 @ 11:08 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

All over the United States, college kids are enjoying the very last days of summer before they return to their schools for another year of college. Before returning for their freshman or sophomore years, many will undergo an oral surgery procedure call a wisdom tooth extraction.

Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars and the last teeth to erupt into your mouth. The usually come in somewhere between the age of 16 and 25. Many people simply do not have room in their mouths for the wisdom teeth to fully erupt and become fully functioning teeth. If the wisdom teeth cannot fully erupt into the mouth, they become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth must be removed to prevent serious dental health issues such as crowding, orthodontic relapse, tooth decay, gum disease and cyst or tumor formation. In short, failure to remove impacted wisdom teeth can put the health of your other remaining teeth at risk.

Although wisdom teeth extractions have a reputation of being very painful procedures, this does not have to be the case. To help with pain, you may be offered a local anesthetic that can be injected into your gum line near the area of the extraction. You may also receive intravenous sedative medications. In some cases, it is necessary to put patients under General Anesthesia for this procedure. Your oral surgeon can help you decide which form or forms of anesthesia are best suited for your particular case.

After the procedure, you may be given a prescription for pain medications that can be taken for the first few days following the extraction. You may even be able to get sufficient pain relief using Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen. Most people are back to normal and can return to normal activities within a few days. For more information about wisdom teeth extractions, talk to an oral surgeon in your local area today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants


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Sunday, July 7, 2013 @ 05:07 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Your wisdom teeth are your third molars: a set of molars that usually erupt into your mouth sometime between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five. They are the last teeth to come in and have been nicknamed “wisdom teeth” because they come in young adulthood.

Most of us associate wisdom teeth with pain. This is because most of the time, the wisdom teeth are extracted shortly after they come in. So this leaves us with the following question: what is the point of wisdom teeth? Anthropologists believe that the third molars or “wisdom teeth” were at one time necessary due to the rough diet of our ancestors. Our ancestors ate primarily coarse foods such as leaves, roots, nuts and meats. These foods required more chewing power and resulted in excessive wear and tear on the teeth. During this time period, by the time the third molars came in, the other sets of molars had been worn down quite a bit. This left room for third molars and made them necessary.

Today’s diet consists of softer foods. The invention of forks and knives has also cut down on the wear and tear on teeth considerably. As a result, the third molars are no longer needed. In fact, most people do not have room in their mouths for a third set of molars. If the “wisdom teeth” do not have enough room to erupt into the mouth and become fully functional teeth, they can become impacted. Failure to remove impacted teeth can lead to serious dental health problems such as overcrowding, periodontal disease and abscesses.

The good news is that the invention of anesthesia has made the process of wisdom teeth extraction a lot more comfortable. If your wisdom teeth are impacted, you do not need to be afraid. Failure to have impacted wisdom teeth removed can have significant negative consequences on your dental health. Schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon in your local area for a painless wisdom tooth extraction today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants


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Thursday, April 14, 2011 @ 02:04 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

When an adult tooth is unable to grow fully into the mouth– so that it can chew against another tooth and be kept clean—, it is said to be impacted.  Reasons that teeth become impacted include lack of space in the jaw and misalignment, such as when a tooth is rotated out of position.  Impaction can also be caused when a neighboring tooth shifts abnormally into the place where a tooth should go.

If not properly treated, impacted teeth can lead to a variety of oral health problems.  Common complications of untreated impacted teeth include the following:

  • Infection in the tooth or gums
  • Crowding of the other teeth
  • Chronic pain or discomfort
  • Cyst formation
  • Cavity formation in an adjacent tooth

Wisdom teeth (third molars) usually form between the ages of fifteen and twenty and are located in the back of the mouth.  Since they are the last teeth to develop, they may not have enough room to grow into the mouth and become fully functional teeth that can be cleaned and maintained.  To prevent the complications that can arise from impacted wisdom teeth, they are commonly removed.

Sometimes teeth that are important to normal chewing function such as the upper canine (eye) teeth can become impacted.  Provided that there is space for them come into the mouth, an oral surgeon can surgically expose these important teeth so than an orthodontist can guide them into a normal functional position.  An orthodontic exposure procedure involves the creation of an incision in (and sometimes the removal of) the gum tissue that is covering the impacted tooth in order to expose the hidden tooth underneath.  If there is a baby tooth still present, it is removed at the same time.  Once the tooth is exposed, an orthodontic bracket is bonded to the exposed tooth’s crown.  At this point, an orthodontist can begin the process of moving the tooth into its proper position.  This can take up to a year to complete.

If you have an impacted tooth or impacted teeth, it is important to see an oral surgeon as soon as possible.  An experienced oral surgeon can discuss the treatment options available and determine the best course of treatment to protect your teeth and prevent the complications that can result from impacted teeth.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 @ 02:03 AM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If Wisdom teeth are so smart, why are wisdom tooth extractions recommended for most patients?  “Wisdom teeth” or third molars are the last four teeth to develop and erupt into the jaws and usually appear between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five.  This coincides with the passage into adulthood sometimes referred to as “the age of wisdom.”

Wisdom teeth used to serve a useful purpose.  However, changes in diet as well as the elimination of significant loss of permanent teeth leaves most of us with too many teeth and not enough jaw.  Once developed, wisdom teeth simply have no place to go.  This causes them to become “impacted.”

Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that have failed to emerge fully into their expected position, usually due to a lack of room in the jaw.  Impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems because they cannot be cleaned properly and collect food debris, bacteria, and plaque around them.  This can result in tooth decay, gum disease, and infections.  Impacted wisdom teeth can also lead to the more serious problem of cyst formation.  Wisdom tooth extractions are performed to prevent the problems that can result from impacted wisdom teeth.

A wisdom tooth extraction involves opening the gum tissue over the tooth and taking out any bone that is covering the tooth.  Once the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone has been separated, the tooth is removed.  After the tooth has been removed, stitches may be required.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform wisdom tooth extractions in dental offices, surgery centers, or hospital operating rooms.  Local anesthesia, sedation, or general anesthesia is used to relax patients and eliminate pain.

Pain medications may be prescribed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to use in the days immediately following a wisdom tooth extraction procedure.  Most patients recover from wisdom tooth extractions within a few days.

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