Wisdom Teeth - Our Specialty

Safety

There is no higher priority in our practice than the safety of those under our care. All of our anesthesia assistants are DAANCE certified, representing the standard of excellence in our specialty.

CT Imaging

If necessary, we will take an in-office CT scan to check how close the nerve is to an impacted tooth. This extra step reduces the risk of avoidable complications.

General Anesthesia

We understand that the removal of impacted teeth is a serious surgical procedure and patient comfort is essential. We take every step possible to make sure patients under our care are relaxed and at ease before, during, and especially after surgery.

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Why Remove 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 back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing. However, 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. 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.

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Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. McGann can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict 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. McGann has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

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Removal

The removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local 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. 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, and a follow-up appointment is always included but only scheduled if necessary. Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

As a 30yr old I got my wisdom teeth extracted about a month ago at McGann’s office. The experience was exceptional; my husband and I were treated incredibly well by every staff member, the operation went flawlessly (and took no time!) and my recovery was easy. My favorite part was the check-in call from the doctor himself.

Mae D.