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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Fulton, MD

Your Specialists in Safe, Comfortable Third Molar Extractions

Between the ages of 17 and 21, many people develop a set of molars known as wisdom teeth. In most cases, wisdom teeth should be extracted as soon as possible to prevent a number of oral health conditions from occurring. At Akeso Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery, we regularly perform wisdom tooth extractions in the comfort of our Fulton office, which is located between Baltimore and Washington. If you live in Fulton, MD, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeons who will design a custom treatment plan for your oral health needs.

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, grow in the back of the mouth. However, you already have second molars that grind and chew food, making an additional set of molars unnecessary for oral function. Most adults do not have room for extra molars, which can become problematic when these large teeth try to squeeze in.

As they try to make room for themselves, wisdom teeth can push against and damage adjacent teeth. This can cause your other teeth to fall out of alignment and result in bite problems, pain, or pressure in the mouth. Wisdom teeth are difficult to keep clean, increasing the risk of infection and cavities. If left untreated, wisdom teeth become more firmly embedded in the jaw bone and can damage facial structures, nerves, and the roots of other teeth. Undergoing wisdom tooth removal prevents these issues from having the chance to arise.

We recommend having third molars extracted during the late teens or early twenties, but adults of any age can undergo wisdom teeth removal. Even if your wisdom teeth are not causing issues now, having them removed prevents the possibility of future complications and promotes better long-term oral health.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that have become fully or partially stuck beneath the gums. Impacted teeth grow at odd angles, sometimes growing sideways, and can put additional pressure on your second molars. Without a clear path to erupt, impacted wisdom teeth pose a significant risk to your oral health.

Partially impacted teeth are somewhat visible above the gums and easily trap food and bacteria, which can lead to cavities, cysts, tumors, gum disease, and tooth decay. Fully impacted wisdom teeth are not visible in the mouth and are completely stuck beneath the gums. When a tooth is either partially or fully impacted, it cannot erupt on its own and surgical removal is necessary.

Signs & Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can cause pain or pressure in the back of the mouth, which raises the alarm to many people that it may be time to have them removed. However, wisdom teeth do not always cause pain or noticeable symptoms. Whether you're experiencing symptoms or not, you may still have wisdom teeth developing. At dental appointments, your dentist checks for wisdom teeth and will refer you to an oral surgeon to have them removed. It's important to see your dentist regularly so we can treat wisdom teeth early and prevent complications.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it may be time to have your wisdom teeth extracted:

  • Swelling of the gums
  • Bleeding or tender gums
  • Difficulty fully opening the mouth
  • A bad taste in your mouth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • You can see a wisdom tooth poking through the gums

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

Your surgeon will create your custom treatment plan during your first visit. We will take 3d scans of your mouth, go over the steps of your procedure, and discuss your anesthesia options. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, we are qualified to administer all types, including local anesthesia, IV sedation, laughing gas, and general anesthesia.

During the procedure, your surgeon will use forceps to extract wisdom teeth that have erupted through the gums. Your surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue to access impacted teeth and may break them into smaller pieces to make removal easier. After the wisdom teeth have been removed, we will place sutures as necessary and your procedure is complete. Most patients undergo IV sedation for wisdom teeth removal, in which case you must arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after the procedure.

We will provide you with post-operative instructions to guide you through recovery. They will explain how to clean your surgical sites, types of soft foods to enjoy, how to manage discomfort with pain medication, and more. Follow these instructions closely to ensure a speedy recovery and contact us if you have any questions.

Types of Anesthesia

There are many types of anesthesia and sedation options available to you.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Fulton, MD

At Akeso Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery, we make the oral and maxillofacial surgery process a comfortable and positive experience for our patients and their families. To find out if it's time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth removed, contact our office in Fulton, MD, to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeons.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?

The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed varies from person to person. Several factors determine the total cost, including the number of wisdom teeth you need removed, the complexity of your procedure, your choice of anesthesia, and your insurance. Contact us for a consultation and we will provide you with a cost estimate for your procedure on your first visit.

Can wisdom teeth be pulled by a general dentist?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the most qualified dental professionals to perform surgery to the head, neck, face, and mouth. Some dentists perform simple tooth extractions using local anesthesia, but for more complex extractions or advanced anesthesia, they refer patients to an oral surgeon. As experts in wisdom tooth extractions, oral surgeons are the experts to see when it's time to have your wisdom teeth taken out.

How long is wisdom tooth surgery?

In general, the wisdom teeth removal procedure takes about one hour. This time may be shorter or longer depending on the number of wisdom teeth you have and how many of them are impacted. Wisdom tooth surgery is an outpatient procedure and you can expect to have your surgery and go home on the same day.

How can I prevent dry socket after wisdom teeth removal?

Dry socket is a condition that can occur following wisdom teeth removal. It occurs when the blood clot forming within an empty tooth socket becomes dislodged, revealing the underlying nerves and bone. Dry socket can be quite painful, and you should contact our office immediately if you suspect that a dry socket has occurred. You can prevent a dry socket by not using a straw or smoking for 48 hours after your procedure, because the sucking motion can disturb or dislodge the blood clot.

Committed to Patient Care & Clinical Excellence

As a patient at Akeso Oral, Facial & Dental Implant Surgery, you can expect to receive the highest level of care from a team centered around your needs. We proudly serve patients of all ages in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan areas and invite you to contact us to schedule your appointment.