Wisdom Teeth Atlanta GA

Wisdom Teeth: A Guide for Parents and Patients


You’ve been told you need your wisdom teeth out. What’s next?

The removal of wisdom teeth is a routine procedure in our office, but it probably doesn’t feel that way to you. For many of our patients, just hearing the words “surgery” and “extraction” tends to bring up some fears. Drs. Jones, D.D.S., Brady D.M.D., Singer, D.D.S., Going Jr. D.D.S., Gray, D,M.D., M.D., King, D.D.S., Lewis III, D.M.D., Pollack, D.D.S., Hall, D.D.S., M.D. and Winston want you to know that wisdom teeth extraction is safe, quick, and comfortable.

What are wisdom teeth, anyway?

We each get three sets of molars during our lifetime – the first molars arrive at age six, the second at age 12, and the third molars develop during the late teens and early twenties. Because it is during this age that children become wiser and transition into adulthood, we refer to the “third molars” as “wisdom teeth”.

Why they need to be pulled:

Your mouth was designed to hold 28 teeth, not 32. By the time your wisdom teeth start to grow, those 28 slots are already filled, making it difficult for them to grow in properly. That’s why 9 out of 10 people find themselves with at least one impacted wisdom tooth that requires extraction. Even when properly positioned, wisdom teeth can easily become infected, and are at risk for cysts and tumors (see “The Trouble with Wisdom Teeth”, below).

With wisdom teeth, everything is timing.

You may have noticed that many of your friends are having their wisdom teeth pulled out too. Why? That’s because there is an optimal (yet fleeting) opportunity between the ages of 17-25 when the tooth roots haven’t fully formed yet. Thus, the risk of damaging nearby nerves, bones and teeth during this time is significantly less.

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


Choosing the Right Oral Surgeon for your Child

As oral surgery specialists with extensive training and experience, we are able to offer a different kind of “wisdom teeth experience” to our patients and their families. We are with you every step of the way and pay extra attention to the most critical parts of your child’s care, including:

  • Anesthesia with a variety of options available.
  • Compassion and comfort to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
  • Home care and after-hours contact information.
  • A thoughtful surgical strategy to minimize the need for invasive techniques.
  • Careful consideration of timing to ensure the easiest recovery possible.

The Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal

The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies depending on several circumstances (positioning, level of impaction, number of teeth) that are unique to your teen’s case. We will discuss all costs with you upfront and can help you determine whether your insurance offers any benefits for the procedure.

The Cost of Waiting

Because it is so common for wisdom teeth to cause problems such as infection, pain, damage to neighboring teeth and, in rare circumstances, cysts and tumors, it is generally recognized as standard practice to remove them in most people during the late teens and early twenties, before the roots have fully developed. Waiting to remove them increases the likelihood of problems and complications should they need to be removed down the road.

Complications of Wisdom Tooth Removal

As with any surgical procedure, there are some possible complications associated with the removal of the third molars. However, since the procedure has been very well tested, these complications (nerve injuries, fractures and injury to the joint) are very rare, and, if the surgery is performed at an early age, the risk is even less.

The Trouble with Wisdom Teeth

Are you still feeling unsure? Consider this: Wisdom teeth that are not removed can cause the following problems throughout your life:

A representation of a pericoronitis infection on a wisdom tooth


Your gums can become infected, a condition known as “pericoronitis”, due to the wisdom teeth unsuccessfully trying to push through the gum tissue. This condition, which causes pain, swelling and problems swallowing, can recur periodically.

An example of a cyst formation on a wisdom tooth

Cysts and Benign Tumors:

Cysts are fluid-filled pockets that can form inside the jawbone when wisdom teeth are impacted. They can be very damaging and difficult to treat as they destroy jawbone and even neighboring teeth.

An illustration of teeth crowding causes by a wisdom tooth

Crowding and Alignment Issues:

It should be no surprise that impacted wisdom teeth crowd your smile, causing misalignment issues, even if you have had braces

A visual of a wisdom tooth damaging an adjacent tooth

Damage to Nearby Teeth:

Wisdom teeth are notorious for damaging their neighbors by making it difficult to practice good hygiene in the area. This often results in decay, gum disease and sometimes bone loss.

If you have been putting off wisdom teeth surgery, give us a call – we can give you the calm, safe, comfortable experience you are looking for!

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I manage an orthodontic office & do not feel comfortable referring our patients to outside doctors unless I know something about the referring office. After waking up with a horrible toothache, meeting Dr. Shessel for my initial consult and having Dr. Hall actually perform the surgery...I will ONLY refer our patients to this office for any procedures they need done by an oral surgeon! Everyone here, from the initial phone call to the Doctors went above & beyond to help me. Thanks again to all of you:-)

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Dr Brady took care of me years ago and I had a great experience, which is strange I know considering I had extractions done but I knew I was going to be in excellent hands . I'm having 7 extractions done on April 1,will follow up with my results l would highly recommend him to everyone!

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I will return to this office for all of my future oral surgery needs. What a great office and an even better skilled team.

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In a word, Dr. Brenda Hall and her team were "professionals"... but as a writer, I never stop at one word. From first contact to make the appointment to follow-up after the procedure, the women who attended to me were friendly, attentive, and skilled. The procedure (extraction) was swift but artfully performed. I will recommend them to anyone who seeks dental surgery, knowing he or she will be in good hands.

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I received such good care at this office. They worked with me in a last minute "crisis" and made things seem so much better. I appreciate this staff who went above and beyond to make me comfortable with unplanned extraction. This is a great staff and if you have to go to an oral surgeon, I would definitely highly recommend this office. I hope this helps anyone looking for an oral surgeon. It's important to me that the staff is welcoming and treats you well while in the office. This staff did just that. Thank you, everyone. Y'all are my angels!!


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I was in an extreme amount of pain due to a cracked tooth, I initially called my dentist who couldn't see me until next Tuesday, after being in severe pain for three days I couldn't wait another week, my dentist referred me to this office, I spoke with Robyn and explained to her my situation, she was very understanding and got me an appt immediately. Upon entering the office everyone was very polite and considerate. I spoke with Dr. King and he explained everything in detail that would happen and answered all my questions. All of the team made my experience very smooth and made sure I was very comfortable during the extraction. They gave me detailed instructions on what to do when I got home. I was called twice during the afternoon to make sure I was ok and then Dr. King called me that night to make sure I didn't have any further questions and I was ok. I just called the office again and spoke with Michelle explaining to her that I was having swelling and she was very professional. I would highly recommend this office to anyone needing their services. They went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable and taken care of.

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Dr.Grey, Last Wednesday I had my #31 molar taken out by you and I just wanted to thank you and your staff for all of the effort you made. I was the one who you couldn't get numb. I guess the tooth didn't want to leave me. But you made extra room in your schedule so I could get it out that day. I am doing fine now, was a little sore at first but good now. Your staff was friendly and kept me calm during the part of the procedure that I remember. So thank you very much. I appreciate all you and your staffs efforts. John Spagna

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