ATTENTION PATIENTS: We at East Tennessee Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery consider our patients’ health and safety to be our number one priority. We will continue to treat patients using standard universal precautions for barrier protection as well as the CDC guidelines for office cleanliness. Our waiting room and patient restrooms are being cleaned and sanitized daily as well as all doorknobs and handles being sanitized hourly. All magazines have been discarded from our waiting rooms.

We do not take the recent findings regarding COVID-19 lightly and wanted to reassure you of our commitment to your overall safety and well-being while under our care. Patients are welcome to wait in their cars upon arrival, we just ask that you please call us when you have arrived  so that we may bring paperwork out for you to complete. We will call you when we are ready for you.

If you or anyone in your household has experienced recent cough, fever, or other symptom of illness we ask that you reschedule your appointment for a future date.

We do plan to stay open and to observe our normal business hours at this time. We are diligently monitoring this situation and current guidelines for care. We will notify you if any changes will be necessary. We look forward to seeing you for your appointment.

When a tooth develops, it migrates to its appropriate position in the dental arch. If there is insufficient space that doesn’t allow for the tooth’s eruption through the gum, the tooth will become partially or totally blocked (impacted).

How Serious Is An Impacted Tooth?

Infections, crowding, and decay to adjacent teeth are some of the problems that can develop with impacted teeth. More serious complications can develop when the sac that surrounds the impacted tooth fills with fluid and enlarges to form a cyst. This can cause an enlargement that hollows out the jaw and results in permanent damage to adjacent teeth, jawbone and possibly nerves. Left untreated, a tumor may develop from the walls of these cysts and more extensive surgical procedures may be required.

Impacted wisdom teeth often grow to an awkward angle. This makes their removal sometimes difficult. As a person grows older, the tooth roots become longer and the jawbone denser making removal even more difficult. Impacted wisdom teeth are more likely to pose more serious problems in mature adults. As people age, there is an increasing chance of the symptoms mentioned above to occur. For these reasons, your dentist may have recommended the removal of wisdom teeth even if they’re not yet causing obvious problems. Removing wisdom teeth in the teenage years can mean fewer problems for both the patient and the surgeon rather than waiting until they begin to hurt and cause problems. If you have any questions about your wisdom teeth, we will be glad to answer them.