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When do you need your wisdom teeth removed?

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If you are one of the lucky ones whose wisdom teeth came in smoothly and properly aligned, congratulations! You are in the distinct minority, and wisdom teeth removal will not be necessary in your case.

If, however, you are in the majority and your teeth came in crooked or didn’t fully erupt at all (a condition known as impaction), removing your wisdom teeth may be the right choice for you.

What if you don’t remove your wisdom teeth?

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Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems. Some of the issues that we see here in our practice include:

  • Impacted wisdom teeth forcing your other teeth out of alignment
  • Infections in the gums caused by bacteria entering small openings in the gum tissue from a partially impacted tooth
  • Wisdom teeth that have developed decay because they can’t be properly brushed and flossed
  • Clenching and grinding caused by teeth that are not properly aligned
  • Pain from wisdom teeth putting excessive pressure on the rest of the teeth in the jaw
  • Cracks and fractures to the other teeth from the added stress
  • Occasionally cysts and tumors occur around impacted wisdom teeth

What else could happen if You don’t remove your wisdom teeth?

There are many excellent studies validating the medical and dental need for the removal of impacted wisdom teeth.

  • Impacted wisdom teeth forcing your other teeth out of alignment.
  • Out of alignment teeth will make other teeth to shift requiring braces which could be an added expense down the line.
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Watch this video to learn more about wisdom tooth extraction

Meet Some of the Team

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Registered Nurse

Jessica Bishop is a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Whitworth University/WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing in 2006 with her bachelors of science in nursing. She has worked in oral and maxillofacial surgery since 2008. She is certified in ACLS, PALS, AAMOS and is a CPR instructor. Jessica enjoys traveling and has a heart for medical missions. She has served on medical missions teams to Peru, Guatemala and South Africa. She and her husband enjoy travel, outdoor recreational activities and spending time with family.

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Lead Surgical Assistant

Shelby holds a degree in dental assisting, as well as multiple certifications in Dental anesthesia assisting, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, basic life support. As well as a CPR certified instructor. Shelby enjoys spending time with her two children watching their multiple sporting events. Having grown up in the Spokane Valley Shelby takes pride in contributing to our cities great way of life and the community she serves and loves.

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Surgical Assistant

Kelly has worked for Dr. McLelland as a surgical assistant since 2004. She is certified in AAOMS, ACLS, PALS, & BLS. She is also a certified instructor in CPR/BLS for healthcare providers. She graduated from Shadle Park High School in 2001, attended SFCC from 2001-2003, and then became a registered dental assistant through Apollo College in 2004. In her spare time, Kelly loves spending time with her family and friends and traveling whenever possible.

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Accounts Payable

Jennifer brings with her a background in bookkeeping and accounts payable, she feels very blessed to be working with Dr. McLelland and his wonderful team. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, they enjoy the outdoors and going on family vacations.

Meet Dr. Moody

Dr. Moody did his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California. He then earned his dental degree and his residency certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Southern California as well. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His particular clinical interests involve office procedures and implant placement coupled with office anesthesia. His hospital practice is directed primarily toward trauma surgery and orthognathic surgery to correct skeletal jaw deformities.

He and his wife, Katherine, reside in Liberty Lake and have five children. His personal interests involve travel, especially to the Middle East where he conducts group tours and participates in archeological digs.

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Will the procedure hurt?

Dr Moody and his team pride themselves on using every trick to minimize discomfort. The “happy pill” can be used before you arrive and numbing spray or cream can be used on the skin if you are getting an IV. Local anesthetic is always used including the long lasting local that keeps you comfortable for 6-10 hours after when appropriate. Many patient use sedation and are asleep for the procedure which makes it very comfortable indeed!

What if they have grown in and don’t hurt?

Just because there is no pain does not mean there is not a problem. Gum disease, bone loss, infection, cavities, cysts and tumors can all happen without any pain. Some wisdom teeth do not need to be removed but many, many wisdom teeth do need to be removed. Make an appointment today to find out if you need your wisdom teeth removed. This will require less time to take care of things proactively instead of waiting until there is pain.

At what age do you get your wisdom teeth removed?

There is no exact age for wisdom tooth removal. Some people get their wisdom teeth removed at a young age, while others wait until later in life. The healing process is quick and smoother when younger and the risks are lower.

What can you eat after wisdom teeth removal?

On the first day stick to soft and cool foods like ice cream, jello, yogurt,smoothies and anything in a blender. On the second day stick to soft warm foods like noodles, mashed potatoes, well cooked noodles etc. We recommend protein shakes especially Isagenix shakes.

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” Our experienced providers have experience in taking out thousands of wisdom teeth and will make this procedure as pleasant as possible “

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