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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Indianapolis Dentistry, located just north of Greenwood, Indiana is led by Dr. Ted Reese – a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) – who offers impacted tooth extractions and surgical removal of wisdom teeth not offered in most general dentist offices.

Dr. Reese’s years of experience will provide you with as uneventful an oral surgery experience as possible. If you’ve been told you need the surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth or want a second opinion, Dr. Reese can provide a consultation session with treatment options.

What is an impacted tooth?

A tooth that is unerupted or partially erupted from the gums that cannot fully erupt is said to be impacted. This can be do to any of the following reasons:

  • Lack of space (crowded teeth)
  • Misalignment of teeth (tooth is rotated out of position)
  • Conflicting position (another tooth has erupted into that position)
  • Ankylosis – when other causes of impaction are not corrected in a timely manner, the roots of the impacted tooth can fuse to the surrounding bone creating a tooth frozen in an unerupted or partially erupted state.

The teeth most likely to become impacted are the wisdom teeth, which are also called the “third molars”. Unimpacted third molars that erupt normally are called “18-year molars, but there is rarely enough space to fit these last teeth into the small space left behind the second molars, so the third molars often become impacted.

“I had my wisdom teeth removed at Indianapolis Dentistry by Dr. Ted Reese. Going into the surgery, I had full confidence in Dr. Reese’s ability to perform the surgical procedure both effectively and quickly. I was not disappointed! The procedure was very quick and painless! Over the next few days, I took the prescribed pain relievers and kept the ice packs on (as directed by Dr. Reese and his staff) which produced a minimal amount of swelling in my face and I was off the pain killers in only three days! The skill and professionalism from Indianapolis Dentistry gave me assurance that I would be taken care of throughout my procedure and recovery.” – Chris M.

The risks of keeping an impacted tooth are:

  • Unnecessary crowding of your teeth
  • Erosion of the roots of adjacent teeth
  • A “food trap” that is difficult to brush or floss that could lead to tooth decay

The important thing to note about impacted teeth is that they almost always require extraction. The longer the extraction is postponed, the longer the tooth roots grow and when the tooth roots of an impacted tooth are allowed to develop, the risk of complication due to extraction increases significantly due to tooth roots that grow around sensitive facial nerves.

What is a tooth extraction?

Extraction is the complete removal of a primary or a permanent tooth. An Extraction can be surgical or non-surgical. This depends on the difficulty of the extraction and whether or not the tooth is impacted or erupted, and whether it has straight or curved roots. No one looks forward to an extraction, but modern anesthesia will help keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.

"No one looks forward to an extraction, but modern anesthesia will help keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. We have a variety of sedation choices to fit you needs and budget from IV to pill to gas sedation. Each patient is monitored for their EKG, blood pressure, and respiratory functions during the entire procedure to maintain a safe, controlled experience."
—Dr. Ted Reese

What is sedation dentistry?

Dr. Reese has been providing this service to his surgery (implant, gum surgery, and wisdom tooth surgery) patients for over 30 years and the process is completely safe. Each patient is monitored for their EKG, blood pressure, and respiratory functions during the entire procedure to maintain a safe, controlled experience.