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The evolutionary process provides most people with a set of third molars. Also known as wisdom teeth, they are leftovers from ancient history that no longer serve your mouth in the modern age. Most people have four wisdom teeth that reside deep within the gums. They tend to start emerging from the gums in late adolescence.

Most people don’t have sufficient space in the back of their mouth for all their wisdom teeth to fully emerge without complications. This can cause one or more of the wisdom teeth to turn or become trapped in the gums.

Typical symptoms include a feeling of pressure, pain, and general discomfort. It can even radiate, causing soreness in the surrounding jaw muscles. In time, the pressure from the impacted wisdom tooth can threaten the integrity of the roots that are anchoring your last molars.

To prevent any complications, Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray, might need to surgically extract the wisdom teeth from your gums.

This can usually be performed in a single outpatient appointment. Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray, often recommends full sedation during this treatment to maintain your comfort. Afterward, you will still feel some sedative effect so you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home.

Postoperative care includes exclusively eating soft foods, drinking without the use of a straw, and receiving adequate rest. Your oral surgeon will likely include a prescription for pain management medication and provide you with any other pertinent recovery care information.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area and you’re concerned about your wisdom teeth, you should call (757) 544-9192 to schedule a consultation at Oral Surgery of Tidewater. Our surgeons, Dr. Melvin Ford, Dr. Klaus Guter, and Dr. James Gray are here to help you with your oral surgery needs!