Wisdom Teeth Vero Beach FL
Third Molars | Impacted Wisdom Teeth | Wisdom Tooth Removal
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.
Experiencing Wisdom Teeth Issues?
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Colgan 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. Dr. Colganhas the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
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 to ensure proper healing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Vero Beach Office Phone Number (772) 770-9191.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.
Vero Beach Surgical Arts
Procedure was painless! Short recovery time, awesome doctor!
- lisa T
It was great, barely any wait and everyone here is really nice 🙂 .
- Brett G
Dr. Colgan did an awesome job taking out the wisdom teeth on both of my daughters. Will definitely refer to others. Thank you!
- Mellisa T
Removal of my wisdom teeth was a great experience thanks to Dr. Colgan and his team. Little pain and, luckily, no complications. Highly recommend! Thank you!
- Daria E
Great staff and the doctor was very nice and friendly. It was comfortable being in the office.
- taylor v.
Dr. Colgan and his team are wonderful!!
- Catherine P.
Overall an awesome experience! I would recommend Dr. Colgan to anyone!
- Raymond P.
All staff was caring and nice throughout the whole process. Little to no waiting time for any appointments. Quick procedure and recovery.
- Melissa G.
Just thank all the office staff for always being so flexible with my schedule and helping me get my appointments around the times and dates I was able to do it. And thank you Dr. Colgan for a job well done.
- susana e.
I would highly recommend Dr. Colgan and his very professional staff.
- Lisa N.
It was Grade A care. I would recommend them to anyone a know who need wisdom teeth removed.
- Taryn B.
Both the staff and Dr. Colgan were incredibly informative to me as a patient, and confident in their own capabilities.
- Nicolette P.
Best place to get any dental care. Best staff and doctor in Vero. I highly recommend.
- Taylor E.
I really enjoyed my visit of my Wisdom Teeth removal, I was very nervous to start off with but after having no pain or complications I would do it again here with Dr Colgan and staff. Thank you!
- Ashley C.
I was pretty nervous about getting my impacted teeth pulled but Dr.Colgan and the girls made me feel so comfortable! I highly recommend Dr.Colgan!!
- alnora b.
Extremely friendly staff, speedy recovery & surgery, and an overall wonderful experience!
- Courtney H.
Overall I would not have wanted to go anywhere else to get my wisdom teeth taken out.
- Preston W.
I would recommend him for all wisdom teeth extractions!! I followed all the instructions and had no problems! Thank you Dr. Colgans office!
- Megan W.
I got my wisdom teeth out during Thanksgiving break and was still able to enjoy our Thanksgiving feast! Everything was efficient and quick. No problems and no pain. I would definitely recommend Dr. Colgan.
- Gunnar F.