Our team provides safe and comfortable molar extraction. We strive to be minimally invasive and provide optimum care for the healing process. All outpatient surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art surgery center under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. You’ll be worry-free in the hands of Dr. Lombardo, who is trained, licensed, and experienced in administering various types of anesthesia.
“Wisdom teeth” are your third molars. They 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, 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 teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid these worst-case scenarios and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Lombardo can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or potential future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally evaluated during their adolescent years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon such as Dr. Lombardo.
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured.
You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal.
If you are ready for wisdom teeth removal or have any questions about the procedure, CONTACT US today.
A Note to our Patients about Coronavirus COVID-19
Our patient’s health, and the health of our team is of the utmost importance and we encourage everyone to remain vigilant. As we continue to actively monitor developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to assure you that we are taking all necessary health and safety precautions in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health officials.
Under the advisement of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Board and federal and local government officials, our practice will close effective 3/20/2020 and all appointments will be automatically cancelled until further notice. A member of our staff will call to reschedule your appointment once we return to the office. We will be available on an emergency basis to assist our patients if needed. We appreciate your trust in our practice and look forward to treating our patients as soon as it is safe to resume normal operations.
We hope everyone remains safe as we navigate through this challenging time together.
Dr. Gregg Lombardo
And the team at Gregg A. Lombardo, DDS.