By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum tissue, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Presentation
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With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, our doctors can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Royal, Azzopardi, Moores, Chames, Kissoondial and Haskins have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or intravenous anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, you will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Patient Reviews for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Oakland Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
The office staff and the Dr was very professional and great
- Phillip L
Learned a lot about the procedure from doctor azzopardi. Learned a lot about dental school as well. Go Green!
- Alex K
Dr. Kissoondial was very efficient. He was patient and answered all of my questions. The surgical assistants were very sweet and helped to make a not-so-pleasant procedure a lot more bearable. Overall a great experience at the Livonia office!
- Jocelyn H
I had four wisdom teeth removed and the overall experience was very good. Highly recommend this practice and Dr. Moores. Thank you for making surgery
- Natalie L
35 minutes from the time I walked in to the time I walked out without my tooth. I was back at work in an hour. Outstanding efficiency. Highly recommend.
- Brian C
Dr. Moores and all the assistants were extremely helpful and made me feel at ease the minute I sat down. I had two of my wisdom teeth out at a different surgeon, and was not happy with how I was treated there, so I decided to try out Oakland Oral Surgery. I’m a little late in the game to get my wisdom teeth out, so I was nervous going in. Dr. Moores answered all of my questions, and even followed up after the surgery to see how I was doing. He made my extractions less scary and exercised great patience and attention. Even my mother (my driver after getting anesthesia) thought Dr. Moores was very kind and felt comfortable with him. This says a lot for a woman who does not trust dentists. Recommend this place to anyone getting extractions- go see Dr. Moores and his assistants.
- Dee S
Dr. Moores, was fantastic. My son is 12 and had an impacted wisdom tooth. Dr. Moores was wonderful, made my son feel very comfortable, and took the time to explain everything that was going to take place. Defiantly will be back when his other wisdom teeth need to be removed.
- Beth S
Best most knowledgeable and professional dental care other than my regular dentist and very friendly.
- Edward D
Great service and care
- Brian W
For once, going to the dentist/ oral surgeon was a possitive experience.
- Robert V
Overall, I would highly recommend Dr. Moores and his staff to anyone. I found everyone in the office very professional and accommodating to the patient’s needs. The “tone at the top” is team work which is evident with everyone you encounter at Oakland Oral Surgery. Strong leadership results in happy employees and a great work environment!
- Lauren M
Ms Yvonne was awesome sooooo attentive and thorough and has a very pleasant personality during what can be a stressful visit!! Dr Royal what can I say it’s in his name to treat you royally and with care. He even calls you to check in..not his assistant...him! Wow! Such an awesome place if you have anxiety about the dentist. They are super nice and friendly!
- Keirra W
Dr. Moores did an excellent job and has been great with communication post-op.
- John W
Very good service!
- Austin M
Dr. Royal and his team did an excellent job explaining what was going to happen before, during and after my procedure. Also, I appreciated Dr. Royal following up with me with a personal phone the same day after the procedure to see how to see how I was doing.
- John D
We were referred to this office by my son's dentist. My son is 15 years old and had all 4 wisdom teeth impacted. He needed to have them surgically removed. We seen Dr. Haskins, WOW what a great doctor I would highly recommend him!! The staff is extremely nice very helpful very professional. The office in South Lyon as well as the one in Novi are very nice and clean. Thank you Dr. Haskins and all of his staff!!!
- Michele M
Had no complications. Recovered great.
- Marguerite W
The whole team was top notch!
- Jennifer B
Dr Curtis and the entire staff were wonderful, kind and thorough for each of my visits to the office
- Nicholas R
I really appreciate that Dr Azzopardi spent extra time with my daughter and I!
- Jessica F
Everyone is so kind and take their time to explain everything. Everything went smoothly and really felt very taken care.
- Katy L
I am 30 years old and haven't been to the dentist in 15 years had to get a wisdom tooth pulled that infected my cheeks they were amazing totally would recommend anybody to go there
- Chris C
Follow up care was excellent & personable!
- Sean H
I really like Andrea and Mel and how comfortable they made me feel.
- Janelle G
- Sean C
I had a great experience here and would definitely come back for another procedure if needed!
- Lauren T
Everybody was great and helpful, great experience!
- Emma S
Dr. Haskins & the entire staff at the Sterling Heights location are extraordinary! They were able to make an experience that I was terrified of having into an enjoyable one. I had my wisdom teeth removed & couldn't have been happier with the care that I received. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. If you're searching for an oral surgery office that will exceed your expectations, this is it!
- Rachel B
Everybody I met was extremely nice! I couldn't have had a better experience. I don't expect to need dental sugery but if I do I know where to go
- Tony R
Loved coming to the novi office all of the staff was so friendly
- Victoria O
Great experience overall
- Brianna S
A very great and friendly experience.
- Matthew A
Overall you guys made the wisdom teeth procedure less stressful for me and i had a very quick recovery.
- Kyle Z
I loved my surgical assistant 🙂
- Maeve L
Staff was nice and the experience went well
- Drake S
I thought both the doctors and the assistants were very good at explaining what was going on. Thanks
- Travis N
The team here is fantastic. I was very nervous about my procedure, and Dr Azeparte spent almost 30 minutes consulting with my, calming all my fears. All the team members are helpful, informative, and make you feel comfortable.
- Chelsea C
Very good customer service and genuinely cared about me
- Sarah S
Staff very profession andl, friendly.
- Ignazio T
I would recommend the novi Oakland oral surgery, they very helpful with everything you need, there very friendly and have GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.
- Angel V
Dr. Moore and his assistant Kacey were very professional and did a great job removing my wisdom teeth. They answered all of my questions and explained the details of the procedure and recovery to me in detail and with a lot of clarity. Definitely highly recommended!
- Maria P
I've had a good experience here at Novi!
- Joe M
Dr. Royal took his time and explained my entire surgery to me. He didn't rush me along. He was very thorough. Dr. Royal rocks!
- Maxwell S
My wisdom teeth never caused me issues until recently where they were very uncomfortable. My dentist watched them and there had never been a rush to get them out before. I needed to get them out quickly and when I called Oakland Oral Surgery they understood I was studying abroad soon and was in pain. They were able to get me in for my consultation and surgery both within a week and a half and worked with my school schedule as I'm a college student. I was very nervous for the procedure as well as going under but knew I'd feel better after. Dr. Chames was really nice, relaxed and genuinely cared about me as a person as well as a patient. He went over all of the risks, made sure everything was clearly outlined and showed me my situation through my x-rays. The day after my procedure, a day they were not open, he called me from his personal line just to check in on me and remind me to keep icing and that if I had any questions gave me numbers I could call, including his personal phone. A week later when I came for my check up, he reassured me I was healing just fine and asked if I wanted my stitches out. I wasn't sure and started to explain what I was feeling, where he interjected respectfully and said "why don't we just take care of them, you're worrying too much." He removed them, gave me a tool to help keep my sockets clean, and again reminded me to call if I had any questions or problems. This was such a pleasant experience and I would recommend this office to anyone! I was so impressed with how much they cared about me and how well it went. The surgery is different for everyone but I'm so glad they were by my side through it all.
- Laura B
I was sedated so I don't remember much, but what I do remember was great!
- Mitchell B
This was one of the nicest dental offices I've been to. My wisdom tooth removal went perfectly and I couldn't be more happy with the doctor and his dental assistants!
- Laura S
Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
- Derek A
Very friendly staff. Overall great experience!
- Jordyn P
Dr. Royal is an excellent surgeon! Took time to explain and answer all questions. Would highly recommend.
- Anna S
I received amazing care and follow-up treatment before, during, and after my surgery. Everyone in the office was extremely kind and professional. They made having my wisdom teeth removed a smooth and enjoyable experience and that is truly a difficult feat! I highly recommend Dr. Royal and the entire Oakland Oral Surgery practice.
- Sara H