The removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common oral surgery procedures performed at Cobb Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center. Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in the permanent teeth. They typically appear in the mid-teen years.
Most wisdom tooth extractions are recommended due to:
- Dental Impaction: The wisdom tooth does not erupt completely or at all due to blockage from other teeth, causing infection, pain or damage to neighboring teeth.
- Decay or gum disease: Inability to properly reach the back teeth with a toothbrush can result in cavities. Gum disease can occur if food or bacteria become trapped under gum tissue, which may occur when wisdom teeth are only partially erupted.
- Small Mouth: Some people do not have room in their jaws for an extra set of molars.
A wisdom tooth that is deemed problematic is normally extracted to avoid any oral complications. This procedure entails making a small incision to uncover the gum tissue over the tooth and may included removal of bone that is covering the tooth. Once the tooth is in view, it is gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and surrounding ligaments. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a wisdom tooth.
If you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal in Marietta, Georgia, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanjeet Chaudhary or Dr. Richard Walls, our experienced oral surgeons, please call our office at 770-973-1738.