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Wisdom Teeth


What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom Teeth are the last of the three sets of molars to develop in the jaw.  In many cases they do not erupt until the late teens or early twenties. Most patients will not know whether or not they have them without an x-ray or until symptoms arise.

When teeth fail to “erupt”, or begin to come into the mouth, they are called impacted teeth. They can be impacted completely or partially under the jawbone, or they can just be covered in gum tissue.

Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Oral Surgeons remove wisdom teeth to treat or prevent infection, pain, periodontal disease, crowding, damage to adjacent teeth, or associated cysts and tumors. They are much easier to remove, and have a lower rate of complications, when patients are in their teens and early twenties. Younger patients tend to heal better and faster as well.  For this reason, if it appears your wisdom teeth may have problems in the future, it is recommended to remove them while the risk of problems and complications is still low. This will be evaluated with a radiograph and discussed during a consultation with your surgeon.

What Will Wisdom Teeth Extraction Surgery Be Like?

Surgery typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes.  Your entire visit will usually be less than an hour and a half.  We designed our state of the art facility to make your visit safe and comfortable.  Be sure to review the instructions prior to anesthesia if you plan to be sedated.  We will review all of the post-operative instructions with you and your ride before you leave the office as well as give you a copy to take home.  You can also find them here.

How Can I Prevent Complications?

Complications after wisdom tooth removal are rare.  Although rare, the most common complications of wisdom tooth surgery are infection and dry socket.   Because infections are rare, routine antibiotics can cause more complications than they prevent. They also lead to the development of resistant bacteria. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery does not recommend routine antibiotics for wisdom teeth.  Click here to find tips on dry socket prevention.

What Will Recovery Be Like?

When it comes to recovery, everyone is different.  Recovery time varies based on age, difficulty of surgery, and how your body responds.  Younger patients will typically recover faster than an older patient.  Impacted wisdom teeth will take longer to recover from than erupted wisdom teeth.  Most people will want to have at least a couple of days off of work or school to recover before returning to normal activities. You may still have mild swelling up to a week after surgery.

Post-Operative Instructions After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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We were headed to Florida when my son came down with an abscessed tooth. Dr. Loveless was able to get us in and remove his tooth before our flight. I can’t thank Laurie enough for making what could be a scary experience for my 7 year old, a fun, pleasant one. I can’t express how thankful I am for her treating him like her own and making sure he was comfortable. She went above and beyond in my eyes and made this nervous mom rest a little easier. Thank you both!!!

5 of 5 stars of 167

“For the gentle care on my three extractions–you’re the best!”

5 of 5 stars of 167

Great place. Super nice staff and quick procedures. Everyone I know who got surgery done elsewhere was bedridden for a week but I had almost immediate recovery time. Highly recommend this place

Clayton J.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

Dr. Loveless is amazing. I will continue to use and refer people to him.

5 of 5 stars of 167

I had a great experience at Archway. I went there to get four wisdom teeth removed. The office was clean. The staff was nice and efficient. Dr. Loveless was warm and the Spotify music was a nice touch. The procedure went through with no problems and I didn’t feel a thing. I received a post op call and great instructions. Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations after you hear all the horror stories regarding wisdom teeth removal.

5 of 5 stars of 167

Dr. Loveless and his team were amazing! I was a new patient and called to see if I could get in right away to remove a wisdom tooth. It was an emergency, and they got me in within the hour!! The staff through out my whole experience, from the front desk to the dental assistants, were GREAT!!!! The office was fresh and clean. I highly recommend Dr. Loveless if you’re looking for an oral surgeon.

Raegan M.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

I went to get my wisdom teeth removed a few days ago & i could not wait to leave a review. My experience was absolutely PHENOMENAL. I wish i could give them more stars. Everyone at the facility was nice, accommodating and very professional. The procedure was done very quickly and they even gave me Ted Drew’s afterwards! My recovery has been unbelievably easy & fast. I had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted and there was very little swelling. I’ve barely had to take any pain medication and i was even able to eat the next day! I’m convinced they are magicians because the entire experience was just so great it seemed unreal! I never leave reviews but I just had to after receiving such amazing treatment. They definitely live up to the reviews!

Keyonna H.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

Dr. Loveless was wonderful, kind, professional, and really made me feel comfortable. He is the kind of man you would want as your regular dentist for not only yourself, but for also your family, neighbors, former roommates twice removed (you get the picture lol). I was completely and utterly scared when I went in and he and the staff helped ease my fears. I didn’t feel anything, he worked quickly, and I left feeling really confident in his work. I hope I never need oral surgery again but if I do, I’m going to [him], hands down. I would absolutely recommend [him] to anyone. 🙂

Jenny C.
Happy Patient

5 of 5 stars of 167

Dr. Loveless did an amazing job. I needed a wisdom tooth extracted that had a large cavity. He got it out whole in less than 1 minute. He is great. His staff is wonderful too. My whole experience was great. I will refer anyone that needs an oral surgeon!

Pamela W.
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5 of 5 stars of 167

My father had gone for a root canal the night before and a root fracture was discovered so the tooth could not be saved. We called the next morning to set up an oral surgery appointment and Dr. Loveless was able to accommodate him the same day. The staff explained everything in great detail regarding finances and post operative instructions. Dr. Loveless also discovered another area of concern and removed an additional tooth. This was extremely helpful since my dad is on blood thinners and we really wanted to avoid having to make two trips. Very clean office as well. Will recommend everyone we know to the practice.

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