Wisdom Teeth Extractions - Carbondale, IL

Worry-Free Wisdom Tooth Removal

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Care from an Experienced, Dedicated Team

If your teen’s dentist has recommended they schedule a consultation for wisdom tooth extraction, know you’re in good hands with our oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Carbondale. Our team understands that this may be the first major surgery your teen faces and may cause them to worry or stress. We do our best to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for their procedure. As oral surgeons, Dr. Billy Laun and Dr. Frederick Gustave, are considered the experts in wisdom tooth extraction and perform over 5,000 tooth extractions each year. Backed by sophisticated surgical technology, custom sedation, specialized training, and over 45 years of combined experience, Drs. Laun and Gustave are the top choice for worry-free wisdom tooth extraction in Carbondale, IL. If you or your teen is experiencing pain, swelling, or swollen gums around the molars, we encourage you to schedule an evaluation with our team.

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that emerge, usually when an individual is in their late teens to early 20s. Notorious for not erupting when and as they should, wisdom teeth frequently become impacted. Even if wisdom teeth can’t be seen through the gums, that doesn’t mean they’re not doing harm below the surface. Wisdom teeth can sometimes grow at an angle and harm neighboring molars or cause structural damage to the jaw. This area may also develop a cyst or infection that is harmful to your bone, gum tissue, and existing teeth. It’s important to watch for the signs of impacted wisdom teeth and receive an evaluation from an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if any of the following symptoms arise:

  • Swollen, red gums around back molars
  • Persistent tooth pain and jaw pain
  • Swollen jaw or cheeks
  • Blood or pus near the molars
  • Bad breath or unpleasant taste in the mouth

Our Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process

Wisdom teeth extraction is often a complex surgical process that requires the expertise of a trained and skilled oral surgeon to be successful. While many general dentists remove these teeth, trusting your teeth to the experts in wisdom tooth removal ultimately provides the safest surgery and most advantageous outcome. We do everything possible to make your teen feel at ease, from a welcoming and friendly environment to calming anesthesia services. Before we perform wisdom teeth removal, we either capture 3D scans or review those provided by your referring doctor to assess the location and angle of the wisdom teeth. Using this imaging, we precisely plan treatment so on the day of surgery, the procedure will be efficient and minimally invasive.

Before surgery begins, we’ll provide one or a combination of sedation services to ensure a relaxing and pain-free appointment. Your teen can return home the same day and typically only needs over-the-counter medication to control any swelling or discomfort during recovery. We’ll review post-operative instructions at the consultation and encourage your teen to follow them closely for a shortened recovery time. If questions arise during recovery, please reach out to our team for the answers you need. With specialized surgical and medical training, our oral surgeons offer worry-free and confident care for any wisdom tooth extraction. Find out if it’s time for your teen.

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