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Oral surgery methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Dr. Godder and his team will consider the need for oral surgery and recommend the appropriate treatment.

One common type of oral surgery is tooth extraction, which many people experience when they have their wisdom teeth removed.

More on wisdom teeth:

 

Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, are usually the last four of 32 teeth to erupt (surface) in the mouth, generally making their appearance between the ages of 17 to 25. They are located at the back of the mouth (top and bottom), near the entrance to the throat. The term “wisdom” stems from the idea that the molars surface at a time typically associated with increased maturity or wisdom.

In most cases, inadequate space in the mouth does not allow the wisdom teeth to erupt properly and become fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted (stuck) in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, cause damage to other teeth, and possibly lead to cysts or tumors.

As with any dental procedure, Dr. Godder will initially conduct a thorough examination of the wisdom and surrounding teeth. Panoramic or digital x-rays will be taken in order for Dr. Godder to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if a current problem exists, or the likelihood of any potential future problems. The x-rays can also expose additional risk factors, such as deterioration or decay of nearby teeth. Early evaluation and treatment (typically in the mid-teen years) is recommended in order to identify potential problems and to improve the results for patients requiring wisdom teeth extractions. Only after a thorough examination can Dr. Godder provide you with the best options for your particular case.

Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia by a specially trained dentist in an office surgery suite. The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be released with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary), to help manage any swelling or discomfort. For instance, cold compresses may help decrease the swelling. You may also be instructed to modify your diet following surgery and later progress to more normal foods.

In addition to wisdom teeth and other tooth extractions, Dr. Godder and/or an oral surgeon can also achieve the following:

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  •Placing dental implants
•Treating facial trauma
•Evaluating pathologic conditions
•Alleviating facial pain
•Performing reconstructive surgery
•Performing corrective jaw surgery
  Depending on your needs, Dr. Godder may recommend that you see an oral surgeon.

 

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