If your wisdom teeth are coming in and are causing you pain and discomfort, they may need to be extracted. Dr. Kirk is an experienced oral surgeon, and during your consultation, he will inspect your wisdom teeth to determine whether they should be removed. At our office in Lebanon, we offer gentle, pain-free extractions and efficient care to help you get back to your day-to-day life without any inconvenience. Schedule your appointment at Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery today!
Wisdom teeth typically grow in between the ages of 17-25
Many patients do not have enough space for these teeth to grow in properly, which can lead to issues when they begin to erupt
Impacted or incorrectly-erupting wisdom teeth cause pain, discomfort, shifting of other teeth, and a high risk of infection
Dr. Kirk specializes in the pain-free, gentle extraction of troublesome wisdom teeth
The wisdom teeth consist of the rearmost set of 4 molars. Unlike other adult teeth, which usually finish growing in by the age of 13, wisdom teeth usually start to grow in between the ages of 17-25. By this age, many patients do not have enough space in their mouths to accommodate new molars. This leads to issues such as shifting teeth or “impacted” molars (wisdom teeth that are unable to erupt fully). For these reasons, many patients choose to have their wisdom teeth extracted when they start to grow in.
During your consultation, Dr. Kirk will examine your mouth and take x-rays to assess whether your wisdom teeth are growing into your mouth correctly. He will also determine whether you have enough space for wisdom teeth to grow in properly. Then, based on the results of the exam, Dr. Kirk will offer honest advice and make a recommendation about whether you or your child should keep wisdom teeth or have them extracted.
It’s important to note that extracting wisdom teeth is not always necessary. If your wisdom teeth are coming into your mouth properly and you have enough space for them, keeping them is not harmful and Dr. Kirk will recommend that you do not have them extracted.
Wisdom teeth extraction is usually only recommended when Dr. Kirk anticipates that your wisdom teeth will harm your oral health. For example, if you don’t have enough space in your mouth and your other teeth will shift as a result, he will most likely recommend extraction.
He will also recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted if they are not growing into your mouth properly. They may grow in sideways, or fail to erupt completely from your gums. This can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, damage to your other teeth, and a high risk of tooth infection. To find out if your wisdom teeth should be removed, contact Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery for a consultation.
"We take a team approach to help you find a solution to your oral surgery problem."
– Dr. Kirk
“I had 3 teeth extracted and this was by far the best dental visit I have ever experienced anywhere in the world. It was actually a pleasant visit with a wonderful staff and a very professional surgeon. No other dentist will ever work on me other than Dr. Kirk.”
“The absolute best dental office I've ever been to! Everything was clearly explained and all staff were very professional, welcoming, caring and patient with me as I was very scared! Couldn't ask for a better experience with my very first surgery!! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!”