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Dr. Cho Answers the Most Common Wisdom Teeth Questions

“Hey, I’m Dr. Paul Cho. I’m an oral and maxillofacial surgeon here at Atlanta’s Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implant Center. Today, I wanted to answer some common questions about wisdom teeth.

So the first question, what are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in your upper and lower jaw. You have four of them, two on the top and two on the bottom. And because they’re your last teeth to erupt in your upper and lower jaw, oftentimes, these teeth don’t grow in correctly.

The second question is, what problems can arise if you don’t get your wisdom teeth out? So like I was talking about before, because they’re the last teeth to erupt in your upper and lower jaws, oftentimes, there’s not enough room for those to come in completely leading to what we call impacted teeth. And with these impacted teeth, it’s difficult to clean back there leading to possibility of an infection, periodontal disease. And even with these impacted teeth, sometimes we do see cysts that can develop.

Question number three, what does recovery look like after surgery? Contrary to common belief, it’s not a painful surgery. Most people don’t complain about that aspect of the surgery afterwards. People are going back to work relatively soon after surgery in one or two days. Things that you can expect, you’ll be on a soft diet for maybe a day or two. But there aren’t really huge limitations after surgery.

The next common question is, what kind of foods can I eat after surgery? So usually the first day or two, we recommend a soft diet, for example, macaroni and cheese, pasta, smoothies are great after which you can essentially resume a regular diet. We would just recommend avoiding sharp foods for the first week, such things like chips, bacon, popcorn, anything that can injure the surgical sites.

So our last question is, what are the benefits of coming to our practice to get your wisdom teeth out? One of the benefits of coming here to our practice to get your wisdom teeth out, we’re actually one of the few oral surgery practices that provides general anesthesia. So we put you fully to sleep so you don’t have to worry about feeling a thing or remembering anything. We also have a very highly trained surgical team here that makes your whole process here seamless.”

We typically perform an oral examination and take a panorex radiograph which helps to clearly outline the situation of your wisdom teeth. After the x-rays are taken, we can see existing problems, or future potential problems. Issues we often identify are inflammation or infection around the tooth, developing cavities on the adjacent teeth, cysts, or crowding due to the wisdom teeth.   Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. If you have any other questions about wisdom teeth, I’d love to see you for a consultation at our Alpharetta or our Brookhaven offices.

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