Wisdom Teeth Removal

Only Dr. Lee provides the Cool Comfort Wrap, for continuous ice therapy after wisdom teeth surgery. The Cool Comfort Wrap reduces the need for post –operative narcotics, reduces swelling and gets you back to normal sooner.

Surgery to Remove Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth, but the average mouth is not always large enough to hold them all. Additionally, orthodontists routinely shy away from extracting permanent teeth during orthodontic treatment, leaving people with wisdom teeth wedged in the back of their jaws. These back molars are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth”. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, they do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is not often the case.

Wisdom teeth are removed primarily to eliminate the potential for infection and damage to the adjacent teeth. Contrary to popular belief, they do not cause crowding. In fact, there has never been a study published in the world literature to prove that they do. But they do cause infection. Infection causes bone loss, damage to adjacent teeth and pain. Once symptoms of gum disease, swelling, food impaction or pain begin, removal is the most prudent course. The symptoms will not subside until the teeth are removed.

The Procedure

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks, will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. You will rest under our supervision until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics, a follow-up appointment and our innovative Cool Comfort Wrap, which will dramatically decrease your recovery time.

Learn more about wisdom teeth and dry sockets here. Contact us today to schedule a consultation about your wisdom teeth removal. 513.232.8989

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