Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

With an oral examination and panoramic x-ray of the mouth, Dr. Donald L. Seago, Dr. David E. Seago, and Dr. Jeffrey S. Brown will determine the position of the wisdom teeth and tell if there are present or potential problems. Typically, patients are first evaluated in their teen years by their general dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All in office surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing many different kinds of anesthesia for patients.

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of problems can occur.  Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structure is fully developed. In some patients, it is in the early teens, and in others it may not be until the twenties. Problems tend to arise more frequently past the age of 30. Some of the possible problems related to keeping your wisdom teeth include infection, decay, gum disease, cyst formation, potential crowding, and possibly damage to adjacent teeth.

What happens on the day of wisdom teeth removal?

Most patients prefer to be unaware of the procedure and generally choose IV sedation. During your consultation appointment, you will be provided with appropriate anesthesia options. All in-office surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Our office staff has the training, licensing, and experience to provide the various types of anesthesia. These services are provided in a safe environment, with modern monitoring equipment and a well-trained, experienced staff. The surgical staff, the office facilities, and the doctors are inspected on behalf of the Board of Dental Examiners on a regular basis.

You will be given a prescription on the day of your procedure for pain medicine and an antibiotic for post-op pain and infection. We ask that a parent or responsible adult accompanies you to the office and plans to stay with you the rest of the day. The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes and you will probably be in the office for 90 minutes. Recent advances in medicine and technology allow patients to undergo wisdom tooth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort. State of the art sterilization and infection control techniques are used at all times.

On the morning of your surgery, it is imperative that you have nothing to eat or drink (excluding prescription medications with a sip of water) for at least six hours (preferably longer). This does not mean you should try to fit in one “last meal” exactly six hours before your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications, including nausea and vomiting. For patient safety, your procedure will be rescheduled to a later date if these directions have not been followed. Once you are seated, we will make your comfort our priority. If you are going to be sedated, your doctor will place an IV in the arm with your best vain. This will be quick and painless procedure that provides the best delivery of your medication. Local anesthesia is given to you one you have been sedated to ensure comfort, and allow plenty of time before getting pain medicine. You will be groggy for the remainder of the day.