How is a wisdom tooth removed?

There may be no better time than now to have a wisdom tooth removed. With the notable advances in modern dentistry and oral surgery, wisdom tooth removal can be a straightforward outpatient procedure with extremely predictable results.

Patients who may be considering wisdom tooth removal in Chicago IL should schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Koos, an experienced dual-degree oral surgeon, as soon as possible. The consultation is an important part of the procedure since it affords patients the opportunity to meet the oral surgeon and the staff as well as ask specific questions about the treatment.

During the consultation, Dr. Koos will also gather important details about your medical health and dental history. The wisdom teeth will be evaluated in order to determine the appropriate procedure for their removal. According to the position and condition of the wisdom teeth, Dr. Koos may recommend a variety of procedures. 

With the notable advances in modern dentistry and oral surgery, wisdom tooth removal can be a straightforward outpatient procedure with extremely predictable results.

A surgical extraction is often recommended for a wisdom tooth that is fully erupted. When the tooth is completely visible in the mouth, the hard and soft tissue around the tooth is anesthetized and the tooth is sectioned and a rim of bone is removed and the tooth is extracted with surgical forceps.

A more involved surgical extraction is necessary when the wisdom tooth is partially or completely covered by gum tissue or bone. After the appropriate anesthesia is given, a surgical incision is often required to reveal the tooth prior to extraction. For wisdom teeth that are surrounded by bone, a window in the bone may need to be removed in order to gain access and expose the tooth.

It is very common for patients to be especially concerned about their level of comfort during the various procedures. Our Chicago oral surgery team is committed to creating a soothing and relaxing environment designed to reduce your stress and improve your comfort.  Local anesthesia is typically used to numb the teeth, gums, and nerves in the area of the surgery after your are comfortably sedated, this way you will not even feel the injections! Various levels of sedation are also available to promote comfort and relaxation before, during, and after the procedure.

Each wisdom tooth removal procedure is unique. Contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312.328.9000 today to learn more about what you can expect during your procedure.

On December 19th, 2011, posted in: wisdom tooth removal by

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