An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained to perform many kinds of surgical procedures in and around the mouth, face and jaw. These surgeries include wisdom teeth removal, dental implant surgery, jaw realignment surgery and soft tissue repair. Thus, oral surgeons effectively bridge a gap between dentistry and medicine, and therefore must complete an additional four to eight years of specialized training beyond the years of education they receive in dental school.
Dr. Charles Chilcoat at Texas Wisdom Teeth in Dallas, TX, has been practicing oral surgery for more than 20 years. Many dentists in the Dallas Metroplex send their patients to Dr. Chilcoat when the time comes to have their wisdom teeth removed. As an oral surgeon in Dallas, he has the advanced education and experience to best perform wisdom teeth extraction.
Whether a patient has impacted wisdom teeth—which simply means that the teeth have not erupted through the gum tissue—or not, extracting them will likely be recommended in order to avoid a number of problems, including:
- Possible infection
- Pressure on adjacent teeth
- Symptoms of TMJ
- Bite issues
In particular, teenage patients are often advised to have wisdom teeth removed after completing a course of orthodontics. If left in place, the pressure of wisdom can alter the alignment of otherwise straight teeth. In addition, wisdom teeth usually develop during the teen years, so they are not fully set in the bone as they are with adults, which makes for an easier recovery after surgery.
Patients of Dr. Chilcoat at Texas Wisdom Teeth are apprised of their diagnosis and informed of the wisdom tooth removal procedure. They are also given instructions on how to prepare for surgery. Because most wisdom teeth surgeries require IV general anesthesia—for which our staff is expertly trained and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support—you will likely be advised not to eat anything after midnight on the night before your surgery. Once sedated, a local anesthetic will be administered to the area, so that when you come out of anesthesia you will not feel any pain.
For an oral surgeon such as Dr. Chilcoat, wisdom teeth extraction is a simple and straightforward surgery. For our patients, however, we understand the procedure can be anxiety producing. Rest assured, the staff at Texas Wisdom Teeth has your care and comfort primarily in mind before, during and after your surgery. The treatment we provide is always personalized and compassionate. Your safety and best outcome, as well as our reputation, rest on our ability to provide the most professional and attentive care.
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If your dentist has recommended that you see an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal or any other kind of oral surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chilcoat and the staff at Texas Wisdom Teeth. Our North Dallas office conveniently serves patients from throughout Dallas, TX, as well as Plano, Richardson, Frisco, McKinney, Carrollton and Farmers Branch.