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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Wisdom Teeth Removal: A Healthy Choice

Signing yourself up for an oral surgery procedure such as having your wisdom teeth removed might sound like self-inflicted torture. It’s the kind of thing that most patients would rather avoid until there are no other options. After all, most of us know at least one friend or acquaintance who retells the horror story of […]

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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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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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Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed before getting Invisalign or braces?

Proper planning and preparation prior to embarking on your orthodontic journey can certainly improve your chances for a successful final result. If you are considering Invisalign or traditional braces, it may be necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed. Planning for the removal of your wisdom teeth in Chicago should begin with a consultation with […]

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On December 5th, 2011, posted in: wisdom teeth by

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At what age should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

The recommendation to have the wisdom teeth removed is highly individualized and also highly under-diagnosed, which results in a detriment to the patient. Although there is no steadfast rule dictating the removal of wisdom teeth for every patient, chances are high that most adults will need them removed eventually. In fact, decades of statistics show […]

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On October 3rd, 2011, posted in: wisdom teeth by

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