Who Do I See For My Wisdom Teeth?

Three teeth sitting on a piece of gauze with a dental mirror in the background

Around late teens into the early twenties, wisdom teeth begin to erupt in the mouth. Rarely do these teeth erupt without incident, and most of the time they can cause a range of possible problems. Because of this, most dentists recommend having wisdom teeth extracted. While there is a very small percentage of the population that is able to keep their wisdom teeth without facing dental issues, most likely if your wisdom teeth are erupting, they will need to be removed. Which raises the question, who do you see for your wisdom teeth?

When it comes to extracting wisdom teeth, both general dentists and oral surgeons are qualified to complete the procedure. However, there can be different experiences with each. General dentists are more than qualified to extract wisdom teeth, but they usually cannot offer the same level of sedation as can oral surgeons. Also, certain dentists may refer cases that they believe cannot be properly handled in their office, or cases that require a more extensive surgical procedure.

However Dr. Kasperowski is the exception to this. Dr. Kasperowski has received training in oral surgery and is certified in both enteral (oral) and parenteral (IV) sedation techniques. In addition, he also holds certifications in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and has been properly trained to use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). In short, Dr. Kasperowski is more than qualified to perform your wisdom teeth extraction without having to refer you out to an oral surgeon.

When visiting Dr. Kasperowski about your wisdom teeth, he will first take x-rays to determine the current position of your wisdom teeth and whether or not they will need to be extracted. If he decides that your wisdom teeth do, in fact, need to be extracted, he will schedule a future appointment for oral surgery. He will then provide you with pre-surgical guidelines and may give you a prescription for antibiotics or pain medication.

When you arrive for your oral surgery appointment, you will be sedated to not feel any pain or anxiety during the procedure. This sedation level can range from a local anesthetic to general anesthesia depending on the nature of your procedure. Generally, the wisdom teeth extraction procedure is pretty quick and should not take more than an hour at most. However, the time it takes to complete the procedure depends on the nature of the procedure.

After your wisdom teeth extraction surgery, Dr. Kasperowski will send you home with post-operative care instructions. It is important that these instructions are followed to ensure quick and proper healing of the extraction sites. A large part of these instructions revolve around avoiding certain foods, taking the required medications, and keeping the extraction sites clean.

Although getting your wisdom teeth out is not the greatest thing in the world, choosing the right dentist for the job can make your experience much more positive. If you believe you may need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kasperowski today!