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The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal


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Dr. Parker discusses wisdom teeth, a brief overview of the removal process, and the health implications a patient can face if they fail to remove them.

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Dr. Parker: Wisdom teeth are the last tooth in the arch. The way we've developed as humans, has gotten to the point where most of us, the large majority of us, do not have room in our jawbones for the wisdom tooth, the last tooth. And therefore, either it will not come in or when it comes in, it remains partially impacted, and therefore is a source for infection and other pathologies. And therefore, in most cases, a thorough evaluation of those needs to be done, usually in the teenage years, ideally, before the age of 16, so that we can see if you're going to have room for them. And get them taken out before they become an issue and cause damage to other adjacent tissues that can't be repaired easily. The consultation process for our patients, we try to make it very relaxed for them. They come in, we take a Panorex or an x-ray that shows their wisdom teeth and where they are in their jaws. And it shows the size of their jaws to fully know whether or not they have room for them. And then, we'll sit down with them and discuss their particular situation, and whether or not we recommend having them removed. The people that do not get them pulled that need to have them pulled run risks of infection, for one, and other pathologies. If that infection or any of those pathologies set up within the bone, then the bone itself can be destroyed in that area. And any adjacent incisors, like the tooth that's in front of that, the second molar, can be affected by that as well. The outpatient surgery here, a patient comes in with their family member. We get them in the room, let them sit comfortably in the chair, we hook up all the monitors and leads, so that we can check everything from their blood pressure through their pulse, through their respirations. Make sure they're calm and feel relaxed. In general, our average wisdom tooth case takes about 30 minutes. Recovery in the office is usually another 5 to 10 minutes. And, getting the patient hooked up and ready for surgery, it usually takes about 10, 15 minutes. So in general, the patient will be here about a total of an hour. In general, the time for a typical wisdom tooth extraction is about two days. When I say, 'two days,' generally, that's two days of just taking it easy, resting around the house. After those two days, most people get back to doing all their normal activities.

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