Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth and Their Impact on Oral Health

Welcome to Shawnee Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the leading destination for wisdom teeth removal in Carbondale, IL. Our state-of-the-art facility specializes in comprehensive oral care, focusing on wisdom teeth extractions.

The Evolutionary Background of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, have long intrigued scientists and patients alike due to their presence in our dental anatomy. In the past, our ancestors had larger jaws that accommodated these other teeth, which were vital for chewing tough, coarse foods. However, as humans evolved and our diets changed, our jaws gradually became smaller. This reduction in jaw size left less space for the eruption of wisdom teeth, leading to various complications.

Why Wisdom Teeth Removal is Often Necessary

When wisdom teeth begin to emerge, many individuals experience issues such as impaction, overcrowding, or misalignment. Unfortunately, these problems rarely resolve on their own. Wisdom teeth extraction becomes necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. 

These teeth may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, or even become trapped beneath the gum and bone. As they struggle to find a pathway for successful eruption, impacted wisdom teeth can assume various positions within the bone.

Complications and Problems Associated with Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The presence of poorly positioned impacted teeth can lead to a host of problems. Partially erupted teeth create an opening around them, allowing bacteria to thrive and causing infections. This can result in swelling, stiffness, pain, and general illness. Furthermore, the pressure exerted by erupting wisdom teeth can push against neighboring teeth, disrupting the natural alignment or orthodontic treatment. 

However, the most severe complications arise when cysts or tumors form around impacted wisdom teeth, causing damage to the jawbone and neighboring healthy teeth. In such cases, removing the offending impacted teeth typically resolves these issues. It is strongly recommended to undergo early wisdom teeth removal to prevent future problems and minimize surgical risks.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

The Importance of Oral Examination and Evaluation

At Shawnee Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we prioritize patient education. To enhance your understanding of wisdom teeth and related concerns, we offer a comprehensive multimedia presentation that addresses common questions and provides valuable insights.

Safe and Comfortable Wisdom Teeth Removal

An oral examination and X-rays are conducted to determine the best course of action. Dr. Burton, our highly skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon, evaluates the position of your wisdom teeth and predicts any existing or potential problems. 

Predicting and Addressing Potential Wisdom Teeth Issues

Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in superior patient outcomes. It is common for individuals in their mid-teen years to undergo an initial assessment by a dentist, orthodontist, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Rest assured that all outpatient surgeries at our facility are performed under appropriate anesthesia to ensure maximum patient comfort. Dr. Burton possesses the necessary training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia, allowing patients to select the option that best suits their needs.

In most cases, wisdom teeth are removed under local anesthesia, laughing gas, or general anesthesia for impacted teeth. Before the procedure, Dr. Burton thoroughly discusses the available options and the associated surgical risks, such as sensory nerve damage or sinus complications.

Healing Process and Monitoring Progress

Following wisdom teeth removal, the gums are sutured, and we provide instructions to aid healing. Our staff will advise you to bite down on gauze to control bleeding. You remain under our supervision in our office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, we provide a comprehensive postoperative kit containing pain medication, antibiotics, and detailed instructions. Additionally, we schedule a follow-up appointment in two weeks to monitor your progress.

Contact Us for Exceptional Wisdom Teeth Removal in Carbondale, IL

Regarding wisdom teeth removal in Carbondale, IL, Shawnee Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is your trusted partner. We prioritize your well-being and employ modern monitoring equipment along with highly skilled staff trained in advanced anesthesia techniques to ensure your safety throughout your treatment. Your comfort and peace of mind are our top priorities.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Shawnee Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at (618) 519-9363. Our friendly team is ready to assist you and provide the exceptional care you deserve.