Wisdom Teeth

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, 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.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. King 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. Dr, King has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Removal

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 is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. 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, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 301-645-4555.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

King Oral Surgery Group

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Dr. King and his staff were very kind and professional, and I would recommend these folks to anyone in need of oral surgery. Having impacted wisdom teeth pulled can create a bit of anxiety so I chose to be sedated for the procedure. I don't remember your names (or hardly anything else for that matter..) but I want to thank all of you for your help. Sometimes a pat on the back goes a long way.... even for grownups. Recovered well (with minimal pain) and healing nicely. Thank you again King OS Group!

- joseph G

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Great dental office and I would recommend anyone to go there !

- Monroe P

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Very clean, nice friendly staff. Doctor was effective, gentle. Wait time was not long. Very pleased

- Stephanie M

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My wisdom teeth surgery was a very quick procedure. I was in and out less than 2 hours with prep and all. I was very pleased with my helpfulness if the staff and knowledge of my doctor. I would reccomend this to anyone seeking a surgeon I'm the DMV area.

- Tyra S

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Everything went as smooth and perfect as expected. I suffered dry socket a few days after my procedure and Dr. King allowed me to walk right in to get care. I love how he explained the procedures and told me what to expect. His staff was very friendly and informative. I will definitely revisit his office again if need be!

- Takia W

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We had a very positive and productive consultation. Dr. King made us feel at ease.

- Rachel S

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Staff and doctor are very patient! I was terrified to get an extraction since I’m pregnant and only can use local anesthetic. They made me feel comfortable and took their time! I giving them a hard time but they took it very well ! I ended up getting the extraction and it was not that bad . Thank you

- Shanae j

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The staff was extremely friendly and personable. I loved how Dr. King made me feel at ease during the entire procedure. He was extremely confident and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this office to anyone that needs dental work.

- Daija H

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The Practice was very clean and organized. The front staff was prompt and friendly. The dental assistants we're very friendly and helped put my mind at ease before going under anesthesia. The doctor was very professional and answered all of my questions and concerns.

- Rachael D

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Dr. King has a very friendly beside manner and really put me at ease for my tooth extractions.

- Cory M

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Great.

- Baron B

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Great staff and Dentist.

- Richard O

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Dr. King and his staff are one of a kind. Their office is clean and staff is friendly as well as professional. Dr. King is down-to-earth, proficient with his work, and caring. My wisdom teeth extraction (three stubborn teeth) was quick (well under the estimated time) and painless. I will definitely return here if dental work is needed in the future.

- Ikia J

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Very friendly staff. Very caring

- Tanae J

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De King too good car of me. Great job I really appreciate everything

- Kenya P

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My son was very nervous about having his surgery, but the doctor and staff made him feel at ease. Love the professionalism throughout the office! Thank you Dr King!!

- Patrice W

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Everything was great

- Staci B

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Was very frank ,polite and curtious.Made sure that you were aware of the procedure not wasting time.etc.

- Marvin L

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The dentist did a very good job

- Dennis E

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Dr. King was so efficient it almost made me nervous. Guess he does it everyday so it's second nature for him. He definitely knows what he's doing. I was in and out in about 20 min. getting a widom tooth pulled.

- Alphonza K

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