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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Excellent service, was a tad nervous about the procedure, but the calm, swift, and proper care I received blew all expectations out of the water. Me and my siblings have bounced around different individual practitioners and family dentists, and my sister in particular had a particularly bad experience. But this dentist feel like one I can count on in the future.

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Pretty quick service. The doctor told me everything that was going to happen before he did the procedure, so there were no surprises. I had quite a bit of pain the first day, but the days following went a lot smoother.

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Staff was respectful and kind throughout the process. My recovery went smoothly and I appreciate Dr. Urbanek’s expertise and excellent care.

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When I came in I was pretty at ease because I trust this team so much. I was out in 2 seconds and don’t remember a thing. Normal pain, swelling but they took real good care of me and I’m excited to start eating food again. On/off heat was my life savor!

- Megan H

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The procedure went well and I felt comfortable through the whole experience.

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The entire process was quick and definitely not as painful as other people had made it out to be. Dr. Urbanek was very thorough about what to expect during and after the procedure. Dr. Amy was also very sweet and great about how to care for my mouth afterward.

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Everyone in the office was great. Got me in for the procedure the same day and was super helpful. Great experience and would absolutely recommend Dr. Urbanek!

- William H

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He’s super straight to the point on exactly what to expect and what all you’ll feel after getting wisdom teeth out! Really professional and highly recommend! Everything went smoothly and is going great post-op!

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My experience was a very pleasant one here. Would highly recommend this office to anyone!

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The procedure went wonderfully. I had a lot of anxiety coming into this and Dr.Urbanek talked me through everything and prepared me so there were no surprises! I would 100% recommend to anyone who needs any dental work done!

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He made the overall experience better. He always made me smile and I always left with a good laugh.

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