Wisdom Teeth Removal Scottsdale & Avondale
Dr. Robert Guyette has been providing wisdom teeth removal surgery to Scottsdale, Avondale, and the Phoenix community since 1989. As a specialist in facial and oral surgery, Dr. Guyette understands the deep structure of your face and jaw and utilizes his expertise to give you the most accurate and successful treatment. He has the knowledge and experience necessary to ensure that your wisdom teeth removal is completed safely, comfortably, and successfully. If you think you may need your wisdom teeth removed, contact our Scottsdale or Avondale practice today to schedule a consultation.
Reasons to Remove Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into your mouth. When they align properly and the 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 there is insufficient space for normal and complete eruption. Wisdom teeth can grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum tissue, and even remain completely 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 erupt successfully.
Poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and may eventually cause infection, resulting in swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. Pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and adjacent healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal, between the ages of 14 and 18, is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. At this age, risk is less because the roots have not completely formed and healing is quicker.
Before Wisdom Tooth Extraction
With an examination and a digital x-ray of the mouth, Dr. Guyette will evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if there are present or potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Using advanced Consult-PRO™ patient education software, Dr. Guyette will walk you through a digital depiction of your wisdom teeth and the treatment you require. To find out more about wisdom teeth removal, see the video below.
Preparing for Surgery
On the day of the procedure, we ask that you not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to your appointment. You may take your normal medications with a small amount of water. Dr. Guyette, along with his experienced staff, will perform the wisdom teeth removal under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Dr. Guyette has the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia in the comfort of our state-of-the-art office.
Please view our video about Post-Operative instructions to answer any further questions you may have.
24 hours after surgery, begin to gently rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a small glass of water. Repeat after every meal or snack for 7 days. Rinsing is important because it removes food particles and debris from the socket area. The salt helps prevent infection and promote healing. Resume your regular tooth brushing the night of surgery, but avoid disturbing the surgical site so as to not loosen or remove the blood clot, which could cause a dry socket. Brush your tongue with a toothbrush to keep bacterial growth down.
Maintain a balanced diet. Have your meals at the usual time. Eat soft, nutritious foods and drink plenty of liquids with meals and in between. Add solid foods to your diet as soon as they are comfortable to chew.
When the surgery is complete, it is normal to experience:
- Swelling around the surgical area
- Stiffness in your facial muscles
- Difficulty opening your mouth
- Slight earache
- Temporary sore throat
- Slight toothache
- Dry or cracked lips
- Slight increase in temperature
Learn More about Wisdom Teeth Removal
To schedule a consultation and determine if wisdom teeth removal will benefit you, contact Dr. Guyette at our Scottsdale or Avondale offices today.
“On the night of my procedure, Dr. Guyette called me to see how I was feeling. I thought that was magnificent and it was greatly appreciated! I felt very cared for!” Gordon Stein