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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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