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Wisdom Teeth Removal

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 an erupting wisdom tooth may move the other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. In more serious cases the erupting wisdom tooth may resorb the back of the next tooth (second molar). The most serious problem occurs when 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.

Our office will provide the safest, most comfortable extraction procedure possible. You can choose sedation or general anesthesia, either method will be relaxing and pain-free. Even though many fear getting their wisdom teeth removed, at Paul L. Gregory DDS you can count on receiving worry-free, efficient dental care every time.

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"Dr. Gregory has been my dentist for 20+ years. He is an excellent and thorough dentist. Recently I undertook a smile restoration with 6 porcelain veneers. Dr. Gregory did an excellent job explaining all the ins and outs of the procedure, and did all of the work to his usual high standard. I couldn't be happier!"

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"My husband and I have been patients of Dr Paul Gregory for over a decade. He is an excellent highly skilled dentist who is also a caring and conscientious and professional who always puts his patients first above monetary considerations. He is personable and trustworthy and makes each visit a pleasure and how many dentists can you say that about lol. Most importantly I know he has our best interest at heart and knows his field and we trust him to give us the best possible care. A shout out to his sister Linda who is the office manager. She is a lovely person who is extremely well organized and runs the office super smoothly and it is always a joy to chat with her. I give Dr. Gregory my highest recommendation."

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