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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Prior to coming to my appointment on June 19,2020 I was so nervous because of the thought of getting your wisdom tooth pulled is not comfortable but Dr.King made my experience an unforgettable one , it was great and his staff is exceptional at there jobs

- Dwayne D

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This was hands down my best experience ever having my tooth removed!!!

- Marvin G

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I had my wisdom teeth pulled. I was extremely nervous and scared. Dr. King and his staff eased all my fears. I woke up the next morning with absolutely no pain at all.

- Christal P

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I was referred to Dr.King by my dentist for the removal of my wisdom teeth and damaged molar. Dr. King and his office were extremely professional at all times, understanding, and patient with me during the process. My consultation, surgery, and follow up appt. were a success. I highly recommend the King Oral Surgery group for any dental work you may need.

- Jonathan M

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Was referred to DrKing by my dentist and they SUPER professional, patient, and kind. I was extremely nervous but they eased my mind. I really appreciated all the extra effort they took to space patients appts apart and sanitize the office during COVID-19.

- Jonathan M

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Thanks and be safe !

- Jolana W

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The procedure went by smoothly, or as smooth as being asleep goes. Staff kept me calm the entire time as this was my first surgery. Thank you all!

- Joshua C

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I went to get all of my wisdoms taken out. I didn't have to wait, Dr. King was already ready. Since I didn't have anyone to take me I opted to stay up. The procedure was very fast about an hour, I didn't feel any pain only pressure. I would definitely recommend him to anyone that needs any dental work done.

- Melody S

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Very trendily and helpful!!! They are GREAT!!

- Jaquez A

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I was impressed with the facility and overall friendliness of the staff. The wait times weren’t long and all of my concerns were addressed. My surgeons explanations and demeanor helped keep me both informed and calm during the procedure. I wish they also performed routine cleanings because I’d love to support this business regularly. I would return if more surgery was necessary.

- Christina B

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Quick , clean, excellent

- Holly B

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Great service good verbal communication between staff and patient.

- Brian L

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- Melvin L

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When I arrived to Dr. King office I was so nervous. Dr. King and his staff assured me that I was in good hands. The surgery was successful. Thank you Dr. King and staff. You guys are the best! Highly recommended.

- Sonya K

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Overall my visit and procedure was pleasant. The staff was very professional and welcoming. Even though my second visit I didn’t have an appointment, the wait time was minimal and my questions were dealt with quickly.

- shameka B

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Thanks for being patience with me

- Jarroda K

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It was a quick and overall good experience.

- Melanie W

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The staff was great and informative. I appreciate the 1-on-1 customer service from the front desk staff as well. I was afraid about my extractions but I was quickly calmed down by (the preggo beauty) she was amazing and so was Dr. King. I will definitely come back for services.

- Crystal M

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Good first impression. The doctor and staff explained all procedures and executed them professionally while checking on my comfort level before, during and after each step.

- Johnnie H

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The procedure was great even though I couldn’t get the anesthesia because I was pregnant. Despite the pain after the doctor and staff was excellent. I will be back to book future appts.

- Tierra B

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