Wisdom Teeth & Extractions

Despite your best efforts, teeth sometimes need to be removed to protect your health. When we’ve discussed all other possibilities, and you’ve decided on extraction, we’ll take every step to help you. Your well-being always takes priority in any treatment decision. Some patients prefer sedation to help with oral surgery, and we can review these options in your treatment plan. We take every measure to make sure even minor surgical procedures are as comfortable as possible.

Once anesthesia settles in, Dr. Ellison uses specialized instruments to elevate the tooth out of place. You will receive specific post-op instructions to help you care for the area after your procedure along with prescriptions for any medications needed during the healing period.

While our immediate concern is the short-term management of your care, we will also discuss your long-term plans for replacing missing teeth. Leaving a space is always an option, but spaces in your smile can create appearance and function challenges that are important to consider. Teeth slowly shift or migrate into open spaces, and minimizing the effects of an unbalanced bite can prevent issues later in life.

Although our primary goal is to help your teeth stay healthy and functional, an extraction is sometimes the best way to preserve the overall health of your mouth. Since teeth help nourish our bodies and support our confidence, we will help you find a game plan that fits your short and long-term goals.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure to remove the third set of molars, which typically appear between ages 17 and 25. Most people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth, meaning it doesn’t have enough room to grow naturally. By getting your wisdom teeth removed, which could cause infection, tooth decay, damage to surrounding teeth, periodontal disease, bone loss, tooth loss, or because an impaction has been identified, you can ensure they don’t damage the surrounding teeth and bones and soft tissue.

Oral Surgery

Minor surgical procedures are sometimes necessary to treat dental issues. Defects in the bone or supporting gum tissue may require repair with simple, yet precise surgical techniques.

Bone Grafting

The bone around your teeth is special and doesn’t regenerate when it’s lost. Your teeth rely on this bony foundation to remain stable and functional, and even small defects can compromise your ability to maintain a tooth. Sometimes we can repair these defects by adding bone grafting materials.


Wisdom Teeth FAQs

If you are having IV Sedation, it is best not to have anything to eat or drink before the procedure except water. You will need soft foods for after the procedure so stocking up on soups, ice cream, eggs, and protein shakes would be helpful. You will likely leave with prescriptions for pain and antibiotics to start taking after the procedure.

Most wisdom teeth are removed in the late teens to early 20s but can be recommended later in age if the wisdom teeth start to present a problem.

Some patients go on with their normal activities within 1 day to 1 week. It’s good to allow for a few days of downtime and rest just in case.


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