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After Dental school Dr. Olson did his residency program at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was instructed on how to remove very difficult wisdom teeth as he worked on many young soldiers in the Army. Dr. Olson has removed thousands of wisdom teeth of many shapes, sizes, and angles. Call Towne Square Dental today and we will be able to evaluate the presence and alignment of your wisdom teeth.
When wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars, or be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves.
Wisdom teeth also can be impacted -- they are enclosed within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum. Partial eruption of the wisdom teeth allows an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection, which results in pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness. Partially erupted teeth are also more prone to tooth decay and gum disease because their hard-to-reach location and awkward positioning makes brushing and flossing difficult.
Dr. Olson will be able to give you an idea of what to expect during your pre-extraction exam.
Before your wisdom teeth are pulled, the teeth and the surrounding tissue will be numbed with a local anesthetic -- the same type used to numb a tooth prior to having a cavity filled. In addition to the local anesthetic to numb the pain, you and Dr. Olson may decide that an oral sedative is desired to control any anxiety.