Expert Care for a Healthy Smile

If you're experiencing issues with your wisdom teeth or living with pain because of wisdom teeth problems, our highly skilled team is here to guide you through the process of wisdom tooth extraction. Schedule your consultation today to explore how we can help ensure the health and beauty of your smile with a relatively fast and easy oral surgery.

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Wisdom Teeth Fast Facts

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25, making them the last set of molars to surface in the mouth. The name "wisdom teeth" originates from the timing of their eruption, often associated with increased maturity.

Unfortunately, these molars often face challenges due to limited space in the mouth, preventing them from erupting correctly and becoming fully functional. When wisdom teeth become impacted, they can lead to various complications, including:

  • Infection
  • Damage to neighboring teeth
  • The potential development of cysts or tumors
  • And more.

Types of Wisdom Teeth Impaction

Not all impactions are created equal. The depth of impaction determines the classification of wisdom teeth impaction:

  • Soft Tissue Impaction: The crown has penetrated through the bone, but the gum covers part or all of the tooth's crown. This can trap food, causing infection, pain, and swelling.
  • Partial Bony Impaction: The tooth has partially erupted, with a portion of the crown submerged below the gum and jawbone. Infection is common in this scenario.
  • Complete Bony Impaction: The wisdom tooth or teeth are fully encased by the jawbone, requiring more complex removal techniques.
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When to Choose Wisdom Teeth Removal 

While not all wisdom teeth require extraction, it is often recommended due to active problems or as a preventative measure. 

Some reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:

  • Pain, Swelling, Decay, or Infection: Wisdom teeth causing pain, swelling, decay, or infection may require extraction. Wisdom teeth are prone to these occurrences as they are difficult to keep clean.
  • Damage to Nearby Teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth can negatively affect second molars, leading to cavities, gum disease, and potential bone loss.
  • Disease: Cysts and tumors, though uncommon, can develop in areas surrounding impacted wisdom teeth.
  • Infection: Bacteria and food trapped under the gum tissue can result in infections, causing considerable pain and danger.
  • Tooth Crowding and Malocclusion: There's a theoretical concern that impacted wisdom teeth may put unfavorable forces on other teeth, causing misalignment. Wisdom teeth also frequently erupt in aberrant patterns that can interfere with your bite. 

What to Expect

Before you and your dentists choose to pursue wisdom teeth extraction in Baltimore & Columbia, you will undergo a thorough examination by our experienced team. Panoramic or digital X-rays will be taken to evaluate the position of your wisdom teeth and assess the likelihood of current or future problems. Early evaluation in the mid-teen years allows us to identify potential issues and recommend the best course of action, although we can help at any age.

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The Wisdom Teeth Removal Process

Wisdom teeth removal is a routine procedure, typically performed under local anesthesia in our office surgery suite. This outpatient surgery ensures a comfortable experience. You will receive post-operative instructions and any necessary medications to manage swelling or discomfort.

Opting for wisdom teeth extraction in Baltimore & Columbia at Maryland Prosthodontic Associates provides numerous benefits: 

  • Preventive Care: Removing impacted wisdom teeth prevents potential future problems, safeguarding your oral health.
  • Preserving Nearby Teeth: Extraction prevents damage to adjacent teeth, reducing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Infection Control: Eliminating the risk of infection from impacted wisdom teeth ensures your ongoing oral well-being.

Choosing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Selecting an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for your wisdom teeth extraction ensures expertise in handling complex surgical procedures. Our surgeons at Maryland Prosthodontic Associates have undergone advanced training, making them specialists in diagnosing and treating various head and neck conditions.

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Our Commitment to You

When you choose Maryland Prosthodontic Associates, you're choosing a commitment to excellence and patient care. Our affiliations with esteemed institutions such as Johns Hopkins University Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center guarantee access to state-of-the-art facilities for advanced procedures. Our professional memberships in organizations like the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, American College of Prosthodontists, Academy of Osseointegration, and the American Dental Association underscore our dedication to providing best-in-class services.

Your Journey to a Healthier Smile Begins Now

You should not have to live with the anguish of tooth pain. Allowing wisdom teeth issues to fester can impact your oral health for years to come. 

Luckily, there is an easy solution: schedule your consultation today with Maryland Prosthodontic Associates to discuss your unique case with our expert team. We are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and guide you toward the best solutions for a healthy, beautiful smile.

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