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5002 Foote Rd.
Medina, OH 44256
United States

330-725-8449

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Drs. Richard Benninger, Gary Schween, and Brian Schmidt, practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Medina, Strongsville, and Wadsworth, Ohio.

In addition to wisdom tooth removal and dental implant surgery, other areas of expertise include corrective jaw surgery, treatment of facial injuries, bone grafting, impacted canine removal, pre-prosthetic surgery, oral pathology, and anesthesia.

 

Wisdom Teeth

Early wisdom tooth removal is important in maintaining a healthy mouth. Drs. Benninger, Schween, and Schmidt practice wisdom tooth removal in Medina, Strongsville, and Wadsworth, Ohio.

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, canines, and bicuspids) 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 occurrence 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.

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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, Drs. Benninger, Schween, and Schmidt can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and assess if there are current problems, or if there 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. Drs. Benninger, Schween, and Schmidt have the training, license, and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients.


Removal

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. 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. Patients rest under our supervision in the office until they are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, a patient's 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 330-725-8449.

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


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