Wisdom Teeth, Anchorage AK
By the age of 18, 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 (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 Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
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 successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our surgeons can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our surgeons have the training, licenses and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Anchorage Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Office Phone Number 907-562-9939.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Patient Reviews: Wisdom Teeth
We invite you to read reviews from our patients, below. Please use our Patient Review form to leave a review about your wisdom teeth removal experience with Anchorage Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc. Call our office if you would like more information: Anchorage Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Office Phone Number 907-562-9939.
Anchorage Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Inc
Patient Review by Sara R
I drove up from Valdez to have all 4 wisdom teeth removed and the entire experience was great. My assistant Renee was awesome and made me feel very comfortable. Dr. Reinbold took time to explain the procedures to me and did great work!
- Sara R
Patient Review by Mikayla M
I was absolutely terrified to get my wisdom teeth out and the day before I spoke with someone (Forgive me I did not get her name) and she made me feel so much better by not only comparing to her own experience but also being genuinely kind and patient on the phone answering all of my questions and talking me down for my anxiety about the procedure. Next, the day of my procedure the doctor and nurse staff were so kind and amazing to me that if I needed another surgery I would not hesitate to go back. Finally, the assistant that helped me on Monday (as there was no surgeon in) was so beautifully kind to me that I felt like I was talking to a friend I had known for years. I had a dry socket in my lower jaw and she had taken the time to talk and get to know me, go over and explain what she was going to do and why such & such helped dry sockets feel better. This assistant is currently in nursing school and was her the absolute best. She sky rocketed my expectations for friendliness and overall experience.
- Mikayla M
Patient Review by Kaija Anderson
Both of my sons have been seen for their wisdom teeth extractions with Dr. Reinbold. From the first phone call to being seen by Dr. Reinbold and his assistants, I know that my children are seeing the best. Thank you Dr. Reinbold for your expertise and kindness. I will always refer my friends and family to this office.
- Kaija Anderson