Smiling Young Blond FemaleWisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure performed by our doctors in Chesapeake. In fact, they see teens, young adults, and adults in their 30s or 40s every year who want to have their wisdom teeth removed. Whatever your age, and for whatever reason, our doctors can perform wisdom teeth removal and rid you of the pain you’re experiencing, or just prepare you to receive the smile you’ve been dreaming of!

When men and women in Chesapeake choose our doctors at Coastal Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for wisdom teeth removal, they will first come in for an initial consultation. It’s during this time that our doctors will fully examine every patient’s mouth, take any needed X-rays or photos, and explain the surgical process. To help you know what to expect from your procedure, this blog will discuss the surgical process of wisdom teeth removal.

But First, what is the Purpose of Wisdom Teeth?

When our doctors visit with potential wisdom teeth removal patients in Chesapeake, they are often asked why they have wisdom teeth if they so often require removal. To give you a little history lesson, scientists believe that we have wisdom teeth because our early ancestors needed them. After all, they didn’t have the advanced dental care we have now, so they often lost many of their teeth by the time they hit their teens and early 20s. The delayed appearance of wisdom teeth was once welcomed, as it allowed our ancestors an improved oral function. However today, wisdom teeth are more of a nuisance than anything. When they decide to erupt, they cause pain and discomfort and ruin nice, straight smiles. That’s why our doctors provide wisdom teeth removal – so you can live a pain-free life and get the smile you deserve.

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The Surgical Process

As we mentioned above, every wisdom teeth removal procedure begins with an initial consultation at our Chesapeake area office. During this appointment, our doctors will develop an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs. The X-rays and images they take will allow them to see whether or not they can pull the teeth or if they must be surgically removed.

On the day of your wisdom teeth removal procedure, you will first receive one of the following types of oral anesthesia: local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, or general anesthesia. This will ensure you are completely comfortable and unaware of your procedure.

After the oral anesthesia has taken effect and you are completely relaxed, our doctors will begin by making an incision in the gums to expose the teeth and bone. If they find that there is excessive bone blocking the tooth root, they may have to remove some of the bone so they can access the bottom of the tooth. Additionally, if the tooth is severely impacted, our doctors may need to carefully cut it into pieces to remove it. However, rest assured that their goal is to perform wisdom teeth removal in the least invasive way, and they will do everything they can to limit significant intervention.

After they have removed the tooth, our doctors will clean the area and close the surgical site with stitches to promote healing.

Call Our Doctors in Chesapeake Today

If you know you need wisdom teeth removal, don’t wait to call our doctors to schedule an initial consultation. They will be able to determine the recommended way to get rid of your wisdom teeth pain and help protect your smile.