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Wisdom Teeth Removal

There often isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to properly grow and emerge, so it’s recommended that they be removed in the mid to late teen years.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Why do I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted?

Not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed, but the best way to know for sure is to visit an oral surgeon. Molars take up a lot of space in the mouth cavity, and they often do not have enough room to grow into their proper position. When the mouth lacks space to accommodate wisdom teeth, they tend to get stuck below the gums (impacted). Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, root damage, dental crowding, cysts, and tumors. Having your wisdom teeth removed early can prevent these problems from developing.

In addition to eliminating any discomfort you may be feeling, early wisdom teeth removal typically makes for an easier procedure and a quicker recovery because the teeth are not fully developed.

Signs of Wisdom Teeth Development

If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact one of our offices to schedule a consultation to find out if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted:

  • Pain or discomfort in the back of the mouth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Swollen gums or other signs of infection
  • Crowding of your other teeth

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

Treatment always begins with a consultation appointment, which allows your oral surgeon to evaluate your condition and design a personalized treatment plan. The process of wisdom teeth removal differs with every patient and depends on the number of teeth that need to be removed, their position, their level of impaction, and other factors. Your next visit will be your removal appointment. Your doctor will administer your chosen form of anesthesia. Most wisdom teeth patients choose to undergo general anesthesia so they can rest comfortably while their teeth are removed. Once your anesthesia has taken effect, your oral surgeon will expose the wisdom teeth and carefully extract them. After your teeth are extracted, the incisions will be stitched closed and you will rest in our office until you are ready to be driven home by your prearranged designated driver.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

Having your wisdom teeth removed is incredibly beneficial to your overall health. When your mouth is too small for your wisdom teeth to develop properly, their growth can result in much more serious problems. By undergoing wisdom teeth removal, you can avoid

  • Impaction
  • Infection
  • Dental crowding
  • Damage to nearby tooth roots
  • Cysts
  • Tumors

Wisdom Teeth Removal at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery

If you're interested in any of the treatments we offer, we encourage you to contact our office to see how we can help you. We have offices conveniently located in Ashland, KY, or Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane, Kanawha City, Parkersburg, or Princeton WV.

We work closely with The Facial Center to provide a range of cosmetic services, including HydraFacial MD®, JUVÉDERM®, facelifts, and so much more! Call us or visit The Facial Center’s website to learn more.