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Getting wisdom teeth removed is one of the most common dental procedures that people undergo – in fact, many might consider it a rite of passage. At Atlanta Center for Dental Health in Alpharetta, GA, Dr. Bradley Hepler and our team of dental professionals are here to make the wisdom tooth removal process as painless and comfortable as possible, while also helping you maintain optimal oral health.
Wisdom teeth typically begin to come in around the late teenage years or early 20s. At this point, there might not be enough space left in the mouth for these teeth to come in without crowding the other teeth, and in some cases, there is so little space that they become impacted. This means that the teeth are not able to erupt above the gumline, which can lead to:
In these cases, is typically recommended that the wisdom teeth be extracted to preserve your oral health and reduce discomfort. Many people have their wisdom teeth removed as teenagers, but many adults can go through life with no noticeable problems from their wisdom teeth and then need them removed at a later stage.
The procedure that we use to remove wisdom teeth depends on whether they are impacted or not. For wisdom teeth that have erupted above the gum line, we use dental tools to gently wiggle it out in a simple procedure that only requires local anesthetic. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, it requires a more extensive procedure. You can choose laughing gas or moderate sedation for your comfort. After ensuring that you are comfortable, the dentist makes a small incision in the gums and then removes the tooth from beneath the gum line. With both types of extractions, we provide you with thorough after-care instructions and advice on how to manage any post-treatment pain you may experience, and take the time to answer any questions you have about your treatment and recovery.