Wisdom Teeth

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt. These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

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

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Livesay can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if they are present or may create future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Livesay has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Removal

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under intravenous general anesthesia. A surgical consult appointment will be done first to review if the surgery needs to be done. If so, will discuss risks and benefits of procedure as well as anesthesia options. Surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, any other appropriate medications, and a follow-up appointment in one week for evaluation of the surgical sites. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Dupont Square Office Phone Number 502-897-5282. Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and caring staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

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Dr. Livesay does a great job. I felt very confident having him remove my daughter's wisdom teeth.

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2nd visit with Dr. LIVESAY. I Had 4 teeth removed 4 years ago for braces. Had the same awesome results ! There's a reason why he's the best in Louisville!

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A wonderful experience. Dedicated caring professionals.

- Joseph K

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The nurses were very kind and comforting. Dr.Livesay was a very kind man and such a gentleman. I also like being called later that night after the procedure by Dr.Livesay checking up on me. That was very nice and made my day.

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Great experience

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I wouldn't recommend any other office. Everyone is fantastic!

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Staff and doctor were very friendly and organized. Made us feel comfortable.

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Very friendly people and very accommodating

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Have always been extremely pleased with the courtesy of the staff and the professional way everything is handled.

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The staff was very friendly and seemed genuinely interested in their patients well being. Dr. Livesay was extremely thorough in explaining the procedure and alleviated our concerns.

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This has been a great experience and I will definitely recommend this office and staff to others.

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They where very nice and helpful during my procedure .

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This is our third family member treated by Dr Livesay. We have been very pleased.

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Office runs efficient. Everyone pleasant & knowledgeable. Environment of both offices very nice. The whole experience was excellent! I was in good hands with Dr Livesay & his staff

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Both of my sons have had their wisdom teeth removed by Dr Livesay, and both had a good experience. His office is extremely organized, punctual and the staff is great! Highly recommend!!

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Great 2nd experience with Dr.Livesay and his staff. If your kids are ready to have their wisdom teeth out East Louisville Oral Surgery is the place to go.

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A fast efficient experience which included an obviously experienced staff. Thank you once again.

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Amazing team approach. Very friendly and helpful. Very competent. Couldn't ask for a better experience.

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Dr. Livesay and staff were excellent

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Thank you so much for making my wisdom teeth surgery a good one! The staff and doctor were amazing!

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I was very happy with the service we received at both offices.

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great experience

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It is difficult to find someone you feel comfortable with and trust performing surgery on your child. Dr. Livesay is wonderful! He sets you at ease from the beginning. He has a wonderful and friendly staff. I would not go anywhere else for dental surgery! I will refer anyone I know to Dr. Livesay! I could not ask for a better experience!

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Dr. Livesay and his team are really professional, courteous, knowledgeable and really on it with their skills and service. Dr. Livesay himself is down to earth. And at the same time a DMD worth a visit if you are considering whom to do this work on you.

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One of the best medical experiences I've had--office personnel was courteous, medical ancillary staff was professional, doctor was great. Instructions were clear and concise.

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Dr.Livesay is great. I had 4 wisdom teeth removed and had 0 swelling and very little pain. He called me the night of my surgery to see how i was feeling. That to me is very impressive and shows he cares about his patients. His staff is very professional and extremely helpful.They are all very friendly and I would recommend East Louisville Oral Surgery to anyone that needs what they offer. Very good experience.

- Greg M.

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My experience with Dr. Livesay and staff went above and beyond my expectations. I was extremely nervous and scared when I found out that I had to get my wisdom teeth removed, however, Dr. Livesay and his staff were so wonderful and took such great care of me, I went in feeling so much more confident with the procedure. Everyone was so kind and caring and understanding with me. I also appreciated how thorough everything was. Dr. Livesay always made sure I understood what was going to happen and what to expect, I came in and out of surgery with no surprises. I also really appreciated the phone calls I received from Dr. Livesay after my surgery to check up on me, he truly cares about his patients. The directions to follow after my surgery were also extremely thorough and so helpful. The office is absolutely wonderful and very immaculate and comfortable. Dr. Livesay did such a wonderful job and made my recovery process as painless and quick as possible. I highly recommend going to him to anyone and I will definitely return if I ever need any further procedures done.

- Sarah F.

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This went very well. Swelling was minimal and several of her friends that had had their wisdom teeth taken out were surprised by that, since they had much more swelling and discomfort. I think starting the medicines the day before may have helped. Very pleased and will definitely use Dr. Livesay with my next daughter as well.

- Christie H.

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The staff at East Louisville Oral Surgery was wonderful! They did a great job of explaining my procedure, and made sure to answer all of my questions. Everyone was very professional and kind during my consultation appointments and on the day of my surgery. I would not hesitate to return to this practice should I ever need oral surgery again.

- Laura K.

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