Can all of my wisdom teeth be removed at the same time?

wisdom teeth RichmondHas your dentist referred you to an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal? Do you have an upcoming consultation at our practice? If so, you probably have a few questions about wisdom teeth and the process to remove them. For instance, you might be wondering if each wisdom tooth is removed during separate procedures. Most of the time, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can remove all wisdom teeth in one procedure – there are exceptions however, and some patients may need more than one treatment. Wisdom teeth are problematic for many reasons and keeping these teeth can be disastrous for your oral health. Fortunately, a wisdom teeth extraction is a great way to prevent short-term and long-term complications associated with wisdom teeth.

How can keeping wisdom teeth contribute to health problems?

For almost everyone, retaining your wisdom teeth is normally a very unwise idea. Keeping wisdom teeth can lead to the development of tooth decay and periodontal disease at the back of the mouth since it is very difficult to clean partially erupted teeth. Additionally, with an increased risk for decay and periodontal disease, wisdom teeth are prone to becoming abscessed. An abscess is a painful oral infection that begins at the root of a tooth and spreads to neighboring tissues if it is not treated quickly.

In addition to infections, keeping your wisdom teeth may also mean that you could suffer with orthodontic issues such as your teeth becoming crooked, overlapped, and rotated. Not only can teeth shift when wisdom teeth emerge, if a patient has already had orthodontic treatment, having teeth move to unhealthy positions essentially reverses a person’s previous investment in braces. Some patients choose to undergo orthodontic treatment (again) if wisdom teeth disrupt tooth positioning too much.

Will I be comfortable during my treatment?

Our practice is dedicated to providing necessary and effective treatment in as most comfortable a setting as possible. We strive to ensure our guests have positive experiences. To keep our guests comfortable, we employ the latest surgical techniques to reduce invasiveness along with utilizing medications to promote comfort and relaxation during procedures.

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