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Smyrna

366 S Lowry St, Smyrna
TN 37167

615-220-5525

Spring Hill

5226 Main St., Suite C-7
Spring Hill, TN 37174

615-302-3383

Wisdom Teeth

By the age of eighteen, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth or molar teeth are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your Third Molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr.Doctora can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Doctoa has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Dr. Doctora can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there may be present or future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid- teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Removal

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. These options as well as the surgical risks (i.e. sensory nerve damage, sinus complications) will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 615-220-5525 or 615-302-3383.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Dr. Joe is the best he’s been taking care of me and my friends for years when i call he is always there thanks Dr. Joe I work in the medical field and your the only one i would recommend to anyone only because you have done so much work on me and your great thanks for everything ?

My bottom wisdom teeth were at that time they needed to be removed due to the pain it was causing my jaw. I kept putting it off because of my previous bad experience. I came to see Dr. Doctora nervous and preparing myself for two weeks of down time but I had a great experience with him. There was no stitching and no down time. I was back to eating in less than 3 days. He explained everything in detail and guided me patiently. His staff made me feel welcomed and comfortable. His professionalism and customer service has changed my perspective on oral surgery.

Had my 4 wisdom teeth pulled out today for the 1st time with Dr. Doctora and I felt absolutely no pain during the surgery. I feel great at home now and his staff was so kind at explaining the procedure to me!

Phone: (615) 220-5525

366 South Lowry St., Smyrna, TN 37167