Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars to develop in your dental arch and grow behind the rows of upper and lower teeth at the back of your mouth. Third molars often don’t have enough room to grow and are prone to causing oral health problems. At Cincinnati Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, our expert oral surgeons recommend early removal, usually in the mid to late teens, to avoid issues such as dental crowding and the development of cysts around impacted teeth.
Patients can keep an eye on their third molars growth by maintaining regular visits with their general dentist. These visits allow your dentist to detect the presence of the teeth before they cause oral health problems. When it comes time for extraction, a member of our friendly team is happy to schedule your initial appointment at one of our offices in Cincinnati. Drs. Cassidy, Pieper, and Wilcox perform extractions on a routine basis at all three of our offices located throughout the Cincinnati metro area.
Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Complications
Our wisdom teeth are especially prone to oral health problems during their development because we often don’t have enough room for them to grow into the dental arches. As a result, some patients experience impaction, which means that the tooth is growing but trapped beneath the gums. These teeth cannot be adequately cleaned, causing infection, and are often forced to grow in a new direction, disrupting your otherwise healthy teeth. Some of the most common problems caused by impaction or infection include
- Dental crowding. Dental crowding causes discomfort in your dental arch as your molars grow at the wrong angle from beneath your gums, directly toward healthy teeth.
- Gum infection. Periodontal disease is a gum infection that commonly occurs in the tissues surrounding your wisdom teeth.
- Cysts and tumors. Cysts and tumors are prone to develop around impacted molars as bacteria gets trapped beneath the gums and cannot be cleaned.
- Damage to neighboring teeth. Damage to your neighboring teeth may cause oral complications, including physical symptoms such as pain or discomfort.
All of the issues listed above demonstrate why it is so important to monitor for third molars early and remove them before they cause problems. Some patients have all four molars, some have one or two, and in rare cases, some have more than four. No matter the number, our team is happy to assist with your treatment.
To begin the treatment process, our team will schedule an initial consultation with your oral surgeon. We will complete an oral examination and X-ray evaluation of your mouth. We complete comprehensive 3D scans to determine the size and position of the molars and their relationship to other important structures, such as the nerve in the lower jaw and the sinuses.
We will also discuss your options for anesthesia during treatment, including local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation. Most our patients choose to undergo the procedure under IV sedation and rest comfortably during the treatment. If you are undergoing IV anesthesia, a responsible adult should drive you to the office and take you home after surgery.
During your procedure, we will first administer your chosen anesthetic and ensure you are comfortable. Next, we will carefully move any overlying or surrounding gum tissue to remove the tooth and close the socket. The removal is a relatively quick and routine procedure. The exact time it takes to remove the teeth is dependent on the size, number, and position of the teeth and their proximity to surrounding structures.
We will provide you with comprehensive pre-operative and post-operative care instructions during your initial consultation and on the day of surgery. Please be sure to adhere to these guidelines before arriving for your surgical appointment. Following these instructions closely will ensure a safe procedure and an efficient and comfortable recovery.
Removing Wisdom Teeth in Cincinnati, OH
At Cincinnati Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, our staff works hard to provide the best patient care possible, and Drs. Cassidy, Pieper, and Wilcox perform removals almost daily in our Cincinnati offices. If you are experiencing discomfort or a general dentist has told that you should have your third molars removed, we encourage you to contact our practice. A member of our team is happy to assist you in scheduling an initial consultation.