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
Dr. Royal was very down to earth and kind. I felt like I was in very good hands with him.
- Kacie V
I had a great experience and would recommend this place to others getting the same procedure.
- Scott N
These doctors made me feel less nervous by being friendly with me and sharing the information about the procedure and the information that I need to know to help relieve my pain after the surgery. I would definetly recommend this to my friends. Thank you.
- Jacob R
- Savannah K
I was impressed at how well the staff worked together and got along. That makes great customer service.
- Braxton B
My surgery went very well with little recovery time nede. Very friendly and caring as leading up to my surgery. Everyone was very clear and wanted me as the patient to understand fully the procedure and recovery.
- Alexandria F
Excellent service. Staff professional and personal. Procedure excellent minimal discomfort. No complaints whatsoever.
- Joe C
Doctor Chames made the entire process easy and happily answered any questions I had. Even when there were small issues following my surgery, he explained everything to me and made the process so simple.
- Pratik J
Dr.Haskins and Sam made my visit wonderful!
- Molika G
The Doctor called and followed up 3 times regarding bleeding and nausea which was very helpful. The Doctor was available and ready to help when we needed it and showed a genuine interest in our progress.
- Joseph C
I felt very safe going into surgery.
- Dahvi L
Everyone was friendly and it was an overall good experience.
- Gilliam Z
I was so nervous for my procedure and the nurses answered all my silly questions and really tried to calm me and redirect my thoughts. The Dr as well was very reassuring and calming, definitely made it so much easier for me to get through.
- Shayla H
Thank you for making my wisdom teeth experience as harmless as possible.
- Adam B
So great! Got all 4 wisdom teeth removed and the healing was dreadful but everyone who worked there was so knowledgeable and kind! Dr. Haskins and Evelyn were wonderful. Would definitely go there again.
- Star J
Dr. Moore and his staff are wonderful! His surgical assistant, Andrea, was amazing with my daughter before and after her surgery! I would highly recommend this office.
- Ashley K
I had a great experience here! Highly recommend!
- Nicole S
Dr. Royal, along with the rest of the staff, were very friendly and knowledgeable, making my experience smooth and easy.
- Harry D
The surgery went great and I was very pleased with how it went!
- Joe B
It was a great time. I wouldn't get my wisdom teeth out anywhere else.
- Allia M
- Shilpa M
Dr. Royal and his assiatants made me feel very comfortable before, during, and after the surgery.
- Larsa G
I had 3 of my wisdom teeth taken out by Dr. Kissondale (spelling?) with no issues at all. The girls up front made scheduling and understanding my insurance benefits super easy and the dr even called me later that night to check on me. The assistants were really nice and helped me relax. I had minimal pain and was back to work 2 days later. I would definitely recommend this office.
- Robert B
The follow up care was awesome. Appreciated the call at home
- Emily T
Great attention to detail with after care.
- Mary C
I had a great experience. They were all very friendly and checked in with me after the procedure. I would definitely recommend Dr. Azzopardi.
- Sara P
My experience was very positive. I found the staff to be very supportive and professional. I would recommend my doctor to anyone and feel confident that they would be happy with their care.
- Pat S
I cant say enough good things about this place. Dr. Royal was wonderful. His bedside manner, ease to talk to, explanation of procedure, details of insurance benefits, scheduling of appointments, personal follow-up call after I had my wisdom teeth removed... This place is that one business in your neighborhood you never want to see close. Everyone is so friendly, kind and goes the extra step. I can't say enough great things about this family-style practice. Great staff. Great doctors. Great experience.
- Lyla B
I'm very happy with the overall experience!
- Neil R
I would definetly recommend this oral surgery facility
- Karen L
Dr. Kossonidal maintained a very professional and confident demener throughout the entire process. He went out of his way to make a personal follow up call to ensure the quality of his procedure. For a post op check up I had to reschedule and they managed to squeeze me in without an official appointment time. Very courteous staff, well recommended.
- Matt M
I had a dental implant as well as 2 wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Moores. In both instances, he was extremely professional and was very thorough in his explanations. He put me at ease - both procedures were relatively painless. I would highly recommend Dr. Moores and his staff for any oral surgery needs!
- michelle c
Dr. Moores provided excellent care when our children needed to have their wisdom teeth removed; he was professional and attentive, the surgeries were all successful, and there weren't any complications. I highly recommend Dr. Moores and the staff at Oakland Oral Surgery.
- Patty C
Dr. Moores was excellent....Very skilled, professional and reassuring. He performed wisdom teeth extraction on my sons and the entire experience, from first visit to follow up care was great. We were treated very well, not only by Dr. Moores, but by his assistant and the front office staff as well. I will highly recommend Dr. Moores to anyone who may be in need of his services.
- Deborah G
All three of my sons had their wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Jack Moores at Oakland Oral Surgery. Dr. Moores was very professional and completely thorough during the entire process, from the consultations to our follow-up appointments. I would definitely recommend Dr. Moores and his staff to all my family and friends.
- Michelle H
Dr. Moores removed my sons wisdom teeth. He took the time to explain everything very thoroughly to him, patiently answered all of his questions and eased any fears he may have had. Highly recommend!
- Theresa C
The staff was very helpful with explaining what my insurance would cover and what my portion was. The Doctors assistants were wonderful.
- Janeen F
Had wisdom teeth removed and bone work done by Dr Azzopardi, would definitely return for any future oral surgery needs.
- Kate P
My son got his wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Kissoondial. The whole experience was so positive. The nurses were so nice and Dr. Kissoondial made my son feel very comfortable. He made me feel like my son was in very experienced hands. My son wasn't nervous at all the day of the surgery. He sailed through the recovery. My son gives you all a double thumbs up. I do too.
- Karen P
I was very anxious going into my wisdom teeth removal surgery. Everyone there was helpful and kind which made the experience much less stressful. The procedure rooms were very comfortable!! My recovery was incredibly speedy and I felt pretty great just a few hours after the surgery. I will always recommend Dr. Royal to everyone!!
- Denali D
I had been living in Michigan for less than a year when I found myself in need of wisdom tooth extraction. Not knowing many people in the area who could refer me, I received a referral from my dentist to Oakland Oral Surgery. I was quite nervous about the procedure, as I had heard from friends and family it could be a difficult procedure and recovery, especially given that I am in my 30s and the roots have already been formed. However, Dr. Chames and his staff did an excellent job of dispelling my fears, making me comfortable, and answering all my questions. I was unsure whether to proceed with having all four removed at once, and he talked with me at length about the pros/cons of doing them all at once versus just the two that were bothering me, with no pressure at all from him as to my decision. The procedure went quickly and smoothly with minimal pain afterward. I was back to my work and usual activities much sooner than I anticipated. Everyone at the Oakland Oral Surgery office, at both the Novi and Livonia locations, were completely warm, friendly and welcoming. They took great care of me from start to finish, and I would wholeheartedly recommend their services to anyone in need of oral surgery. I know I will definitely return for any future needs. Thank you! Dr. Carrie G, MD
- Carrie G
The entire staff was great. Laura was friendly, courteous, happy, and easy to talk to, as she went over everything with me in regards to what to expect. You don't get this kind of treatment at some offices. This is the place you want to go if you need your wisdom teeth removed.
- Andrew M
Having tooth pain is the worst, especially if it has to come out! The office staff and dr. Moores were so pleasant and caring that it made my visit worth it!
- Stacie M
Nice office environment and a friendly team of doctors and staff. Thank you for providing excellent care to my son.
- Monica Y
Overall best dental experience I have had. The doctor was very kind and took his time explaining the procedure to me. I went in for a consultation and had my surgery a few days later. He even called me that evening to check up on me. Really great care! Highly recommend to anyone that needs oral surgery.
- Vicki L
Wonderful care by all
- Emily G