Wisdom Teeth Removal


Wisdon teeth removal surgery at North Atlanta Family Dentistry Humans develop a total of 32 adult teeth. Twenty-eight of these teeth erupt by around the age of 13. The last 4, however, do not come in until your late teens to early 20s. These are your third molars, often called the wisdom teeth. They are the most likely to become impacted. This is an issue in which the teeth cannot properly erupt through the gums. They may only partially erupt, or they may not erupt at all. They can cause a significant amount of pain and difficulty in performing daily activities. If your wisdom teeth have become impacted, North Atlanta Family Dentistry can help with wisdom teeth removal.

Causes of Impacted Wisdom Teeth


There are a few different issues that can cause your wisdom teeth to become impacted. These issues include:
•  Not having enough space in your jaw to accommodate all 32 of your teeth.
•  Having bone or soft tissue blocking the path of your erupting wisdom teeth.
•  The wisdom teeth are growing at an angle, or even sideways.

What Issues Do Impacted Wisdom Teeth Cause?


Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several significant issues.
•  Without enough space in your jaw to accommodate all of your teeth, the wisdom teeth can force your adjacent teeth out of proper alignment. When these teeth are pushed out of alignment, they start to push on your other teeth. This can eventually lead to overcrowding, which can cause complications such as an increased risk of tooth decay and tooth damage, bruxism, and TMJ disorder.
•  If your wisdom teeth only partially erupt, the back of your mouth can become difficult to clean properly. This can lead to an accumulation of plaque and bacteria, which can result in a localized infection known as pericornitis.
•  In some cases, infections, or even just having impacted teeth, can result in cysts. Cysts are fluid, or semi-fluid, filled sacs. Without treatment, cysts only continue to grow larger in size. They can even cause bone loss in your jaw that can result in the need for a bone graft.
•  If your teeth are growing at an angle or sideways toward your other teeth, this can cause complications for the teeth next to them. As they continue to grow, the adjacent teeth can become damaged.

Restoring Your Oral Health, and Your Quality of Life


When your wisdom teeth are impacted, basic functions can be significantly affected. It can be difficult, and painful, to eat and speak. You might find it difficult to move your mouth at all. The only way to treat impacted wisdom teeth is with extractions.

Extracting wisdom teeth requires a surgical extraction. We begin by providing you with a local anesthetic and sedation. Next, incisions are made in your gums, exposing your impacted wisdom teeth and the surrounding bone. We then work to remove the teeth. This might require that we remove a small amount of bone. In some cases, the teeth may need to be sectioned to be completely removed. Once the teeth have been removed, the empty sockets are cleaned, and your gums are sutured closed.

Extracting impacted wisdom teeth can help to improve your oral health, the functions of your mouth, and your overall quality of life. If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are impacted, call North Atlanta Family Dentistry today at (470) 387-0500 to schedule your appointment.

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