The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are typically the last of your teeth to emerge from your gums. These teeth often have problems surfacing because they lack room to grow, are trapped in the jawbone or gums, or have developed at the wrong angle.
Your general dentist or orthodontist may recommend wisdom teeth extractions in your adolescent years to prevent these problems from worsening over time. You might also consider the procedure later in life to alleviate associated pain with impacted teeth.
Wisdom teeth extractions are among the most common procedures that Dr. Pierse conducts on a daily basis. In addition to his compassionate and gentle approach, patients benefit from Dr. Pierse’s dual specialization in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Prosthodontics. Amongst other procedures, he has received extensive post-graduate training in extraction techniques. Learn what you can expect in his care.
Your Consultation for Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Dr. Pierse’s Approach
Your general dentist or orthodontist may recommend a visit to Precision Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to help alleviate pain or allow appropriate alignment of the dentition after the third molars are removed. Dr. Pierse works closely with area professionals, to provide appropriate surgical treatment that is specific to the patient’s needs.
During your visit, you will meet with Dr. Pierse, get to know him and our staff. He will take the time to review all the risks, benefits and alternatives as it pertains to treatment and course of recovery. Dr. Pierse prides himself on treating patients the same way that he would want himself or his family to be treated.
Your appointment will include a clinical and radiographic examination. Our office is equipped with ICAT technology, which allows for evaluation under higher resolution thus making the surgical procedure more precise.
Dr. Pierse will then review the position and development of your wisdom teeth, discuss the clinical and radiographic findings, and then make a recommendation for treatment.
Making Room for a Better, More Comfortable Smile
As an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Pierse has received extensive training in moderate to deep sedation and general anesthesia. This will allow the doctor to provide treatment in an environment that’s pain free while the patient is sleeping.
After the procedure is completed, Dr. Pierse and our staff will review post-operative guidelines with the patient and the driver so that the transition from the IV medication and local anesthesia to the oral medications given during recovery is seemless. Patients can expect routine post-operative swelling, discomfort, minimal bleeding, bruising, and limited opening of the mouth. Patients are given antibiotics, pain medication, and an oral rinse during the recovery period. In addition, you should limit your activity for the first three days, sleep with your head elevated above your heart, and ice affected areas for the first 48-72 hours. It is of note that between day three to day seven, the swelling and discomfort should gradually subside.
Our office will provide you with complete instructions for your recovery, such as diet and wound care. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the office.
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.
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Learn more about wisdom teeth extractions with Precision Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Contact us online or by phone at (623) 518-2325.