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Wisdom Teeth

If all of your teeth have come in as they should, and none have been removed, then by the age of eighteen, you should have 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in your mouth is there with a specific name and function. Your from teeth, the incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth are ideal for grasping and biting food. Your back teeth, also known as molars, are used to grind food into a consistency suitable for swallowing. The problem is, the average mouth is designed to hold 28 teeth. Fitting all 32 can not only be painful, it can be disastrous for your bite. These four extra teeth are your third molars, also known as wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth are frequently a problem for most people, they will most likely need to come out at some point, and the younger, the better. At Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, Dr. Haigney can remove your wisdom teeth, saving you future headaches and pain, the longer they are in your mouth, the more painful they are to remove.

Can I just keep my wisdom teeth?

Patients often question if they could just keep their wisdom teeth and see how development goes. Though you can of course choose that route, it is not recommended.Current research tells us that approximately 80% of wisdom teeth will require removal for one reason or another. Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. The longer they stay problems can happen:
•  There is frequently not enough room for your wisdom teeth to fully erupt, this means that they are impacted. Impacted teeth makes the area more susceptible to infection causing bacteria, with you unable to clean it.
•  Wisdom teeth often crowd your neighboring teeth, pushing them out of place, affecting your bite and altering your other teeth positioning.
•  As your lower wisdom teeth grow, their root system often shapes into a hook formation, meaning the longer they are there, the more painful their removal is.
•  Wisdom teeth are often not brushed or flossed thoroughly because they are difficult to get to. This means that they are much more susceptible to decay and pericoronitis which can progress to a fascial space infection of the face and neck which can be life threatening.
•  Another serious downfall with wisdom teeth is the occurrence of tumors or cysts from the impacted wisdom tooth dental follicle, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth.

At Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, we recommend patients see an oral surgeon in their early to mid- teenage years for an examination. Most often by this time, Dr. Haigney will be able to tell you if there is sufficient room for the wisdom teeth to erupt.

Your Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Dr. Haigney will discuss the various anesthesia options with you prior to surgery. In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia (laughing gas) or general anesthesia. These options as well as the surgical risks, including sensory nerve damage and sinus complications, will be discussed with the patient before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are surgically extracted, the gum will be sutured closed to help control bleeding, we will also advise the patient to bite down on the gauze in order to apply pressure to stop bleeding. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at (704) 255-5888.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff that are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Raymond J. Haigney II, DDS has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative. Dr. Haigney is double board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He always keeps current in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). There is no one more qualified to take care of you and your family's oral & maxillofacial surgery needs.

To schedule a consultation, contact our front office staff at our Huntersville, NC 28078 office. (704) 255-5888
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Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery

9727 Northcross Center Ct
Huntersville, NC 28078
CALL US AT (704) 255-5888
FAX (704) 987-3709
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