Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth are Not Wise!

Wisdom teeth – also known as the third molars — are the teeth located furthest back in the mouth. They are the last teeth to erupt; with two located on the top, and two on the bottom of the mouth. When wisdom teeth align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, they don’t have to be removed. Unfortunately, this happens infrequently.

Dr. Urbanek says, “In just about everyone – 98 percent of the population — you have 32 teeth, but a ‘size 28’ jaw. Wisdom teeth need to be removed when the teeth are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. Sometimes they grow sideways, partially emerged from the gum and can even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone,”

Here are Dr. Urbanek’s five primary reasons for having wisdom teeth removed:
 5 Reasons Why Wisdom Teeth Are Not Wise:

1. Damage, decay, and bone loss to surrounding teeth – Wisdom teeth adjacent to the second molars can cause decay on the second molar where contact is made and the bone between the two teeth can be compromised, causing further damage.

2. Infections – A partially exposed, but impacted wisdom tooth can get food and bacterial under the gum, yet above the tooth. It’s a difficult area to keep clean and can lead to infections.

3. Teeth Crowding/Pain – Impacted wisdom teeth on the lower jaw can push on the anterior teeth causing the front teeth to be crowded and crooked. It can also cause pain.

4. Cysts/Benign Tumors – These can form around impacted wisdom teeth, causing large sections of the jawbone and to be eaten away and requiring reconstructive surgery.

5. Very rarely, cancer – Cancers form in areas around the wisdom teeth that are chronically infected, although it’s very rare.
About 5 million people each year have their wisdom teeth removed in the United States. Most of them are in their late teens to early twenties, which is known as the “age of wisdom,” hence the name. This age is considered ideal for removal because the roots of the teeth haven’t completely formed, which makes them easier to remove.
Wisdom teeth extraction is done on an outpatient basis. Recovery lasts just 48 to 72 hours –and your oral surgeon can help minimize any discomfort.

Call Brentwood Office Phone Number 615-771-1983 to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation.

To read more about wisdom teeth view our informative pages below.


Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

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Anthony P. Urbanek, DDS, MS, MD

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I really enjoyed Dr. Urbanek! His sense of humor is great and was a wonderful distraction from the nervousness I felt about the procedure. He was a straight shooter and let me know just what to expect. For having all four removed at once, I was pleasantly surprised at how well I did!

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The service was awesome. Friendliness was outstanding, and the honesty present about the procedure was very helpful.

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Procedure went very well and I was kept informed and reassured every step of the way before the procedure.

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Dr. Urbanek was thorough and explained what the procedure was before he did it, although it was a little hard to follow and seemed somewhat impersonal. Still, I was not confused about the procedure or meds. Good experience.

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He kept it simple yet informative. Having my wisdom teeth removed went like he said it would. I would recommend him to a friend and family.

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Dr. U explained everything thoroughly before the surgery. Financial obligation was clear, as well as payment options. Front office staff were wonderful.

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There was no surprises and everything went well.

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Easy process and everything was explained throughly. Dr. Urbanek is a great guy! Very funny man!

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Was a good experience. Doctors were very efficient and professional.

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