Most adult, in average by the age of eighteen they have thirty-two teeth: sixteen each on top and bottom of the jaw. Each tooth has a specific unique name and function. However, the average mouth is designed to hold only 28 teeth. One can imagine it might be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are known as the third molars or “wisdom teeth.”
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. When they align properly, and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this seldom happen and its extraction is necessary needed when they are prevented from properly erupting. Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone and known as impacted teeth.
When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection resulting swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jaw bone and healthy teeth.
Odontectomy is the extraction of an impacted tooth (embedded under the jaw bone). The procedures include removal of the tooth by separating and opening the gums as well as removal of the bone surrounding the tooth before applying the necessary force for the extraction.
Our team doctors have the training, licensing and experience to provide optimum patient’s safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and experienced oral surgery techniques. With an oral examination and panoramic x-rays of the mouth, revealing characteristics of the third molars, jawbone and adjacent nerves, we can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems.
Most odontectomy surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort and the patient discharged from the office within an hour. Analgesics are prescribed to minimize post-operative discomfort.
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