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Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Atlanta and Dunwoody

Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel
Welcome to Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, where your oral health is our priority. Here at OSSA, Drs. Aiken and Shessel and their dedicated team are committed to providing comprehensive care in the assessment and removal of problematic wisdom teeth, ensuring your comfort and health are preserved.
Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Understanding the Impact of Wisdom Teeth

Oftentimes, people are unaware that they may have an additional set of teeth growing under the surface of their gums that can cause significant problems. This third set of molars, or wisdom teeth as they are more commonly known, are often undetectable until they become a problem. Sometimes, they grow beneath the surface of the gums, and an X-Ray must be obtained to determine if they are present. Other times, the teeth may emerge into the oral cavity, but they frequently cause a variety of problems.

While wisdom teeth in certain instances may provide added value, their unpredictable growth pattern does not typically allow patients to experience their benefit. Many people simply do not have enough room for these teeth to grow in properly, which can lead to difficulty maintaining appropriate oral hygiene.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Atlanta GA

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are notorious for causing a plethora of dental issues that warrant their removal. Their emergence can lead to swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and significant pain, along with an increased risk of infections in the mouth. These molars are often breeding grounds for bacteria, contributing to gum disease, tooth decay, and halitosis (bad breath) as a result of periodontal disease.

Furthermore, the presence of wisdom teeth elevates the likelihood of tumor growth and cyst development within the jawbone and surrounding tissues, potentially leading to severe oral health complications. Given these risks, the removal of wisdom teeth is frequently recommended to prevent such detrimental impacts on one’s oral hygiene and overall health.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Is it Necessary for Everyone to Have Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

The Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta recommend an early evaluation of wisdom teeth, typically in the mid to late teenage years, even if the teeth have not yet emerged from the gums. This recommendation stems from the fact that the removal process is generally safer when performed early. This is because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed at this stage, and younger patients tend to recover more quickly from surgery.

Moreover, removing wisdom teeth early can help avoid potential damage to a nerve in the lower jaw and reduce the risk of sinus complications in the upper jaw.

If you have impacted wisdom teeth, whether they are causing painful symptoms or not, it is advisable to undergo an evaluation by an oral surgeon to determine if removal is necessary.

Before proceeding with wisdom teeth removal, patients undergo a comprehensive oral examination, a panoramic X-ray, and possibly a 3D CT scan of the jaws. This helps in assessing the position and size of the wisdom teeth.

Your surgical procedure can be performed in the same full-service offices where your pre-surgical consultation takes place.

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel
Impacted Third Molars
Surgical Extraction (3rd Molar)
Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

Deciding Who Should Extract Your Wisdom Teeth

Our expert surgeons and highly qualified office team are committed to providing you with all the necessary information prior to your procedure by answering any questions you might have, and assisting you in selecting the most suitable anesthesia option for you.

At Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, we prioritize your comfort and swift recovery after surgery to ensure you receive the best possible care and outcomes.

Who Should Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Who Should Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?

Dr. Andrew Aiken
Dr. Drew Shessel

An Important Warning About Post-Op Prescription Drug Use for Pain

At Oral Surgery Specialists of Atlanta, we are committed to reducing, and even eliminating the need for potentially dangerous, habit-forming narcotics following your surgery. In fact, we highly recommend Exparel, a one-time injection for pain relief. You can read more about Exparel here.