Wisdom Tooth Pain: When should I visit an oral surgeon?

A toothache is always cause for concern for a patient. Not only is the situation uncomfortable, but it can also indicate an oral health problem. This is especially true when the pain is in the vicinity of the wisdom teeth. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain as it continues to attempt to erupt through […]

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Why is it typically more difficult to remove wisdom teeth?

Wisdom tooth removal often requires a surgical procedure, but some patients may not understand why that is necessary when other teeth can just be extracted in a simple, straightforward dental procedure. The answer is that the wisdom teeth (also known as the third molars) often become impacted because there’s not enough room in the patient’s […]

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How soon can I return to school or work after my wisdom tooth extraction?

When wisdom teeth removal is recommended, patients want to know what to expect after the surgery. Although it is an outpatient procedure, the removal of these third molars does require a certain amount of time for recovery. The timing of returning to school or work is a top concern for many patients. Most patients can […]

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Is my tooth pain from an impacted wisdom tooth or a tooth abscess?

Pain at the rear of the jaw may indicate a number of problems. This symptom can develop when an impacted wisdom tooth continues to try to erupt into the jaw. If there is not enough room for the large wisdom tooth, it may cause the other teeth to shift as it tries to emerge. This […]

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Can bacteria from my wisdom teeth affect my overall health?

You may have heard the phrase “a healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body,” and the wisdom teeth certainly support that idea. When patients have issues with their wisdom teeth, they can have ripple effects throughout the body. An impacted wisdom tooth is prone to collecting bacteria due to its location at the […]

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Imagine a World without Wisdom Teeth

Who wouldn’t want to do away with wisdom teeth? They are almost always impacted, turned sideways, or causing silent damage in the farthest corners of your mouth. For most patients, these teeth tend to be non-functional, if they even grow in at all. Whether these teeth manage to grow in or not, there’s always the […]

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Abscessed Wisdom Teeth Symptoms

You are probably aware that the third molars, otherwise known as the wisdom teeth, can cause a number of problems for the modern human. Although these large teeth were valuable to our ancestors, who lost teeth with greater frequency and needed to process rougher diets, they no longer serve a purpose for us. Most people […]

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Tooth Extraction Complications: Different Types of Nerve Injuries – Part 3

Although the procedure for having your wisdom teeth extracted is more predictable than ever before, there is the potential for complications to arise. Each year, a small percentage of oral surgery patients suffer from a condition known as paresthesia, in which unavoidable nerve damage occurs during the tooth extraction process. Occasionally, the nerve that is […]

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How is an Abscessed Tooth Diagnosed?

In general, an abscess is a collection of purulence (pus), consisting of dead neutrophils and macrophages, that has accumulated in a cavity formed by the tissue (soft tissue or bone tissue) in which the pus resides due to an infectious process or other foreign materials. It is a defensive reaction of the tissue to prevent […]

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On October 5th, 2012, posted in: wisdom tooth by

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Detriment of not diagnosing, discussing and treating wisdom teeth impactions

Patients whose wisdom teeth have not been problematic are sometimes reluctant to have those teeth removed. They may want to avoid oral surgery in Chicago due to apprehension, or they may have been misinformed that it’s unnecessary to extract teeth that aren’t causing pain. However, the wisdom teeth (also known by the more technical term […]

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On November 2nd, 2011, posted in: oral surgery by

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