What is an impacted wisdom teeth? Oral Surgeon Dr. Pat Rabot Scottsdale Arizona 

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Sometimes these teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth when healthy and properly aligned, but more often, they are misaligned and require removal.

Wisdom teeth present potential problems when they are misaligned - they can position themselves horizontally, be angled toward or away from the second molars or be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. Wisdom teeth that lean toward the second molars make those teeth more vulnerable to decay by entrapping plaque and debris. In addition, wisdom teeth can be entrapped completely within the soft tissue and/or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum. Teeth that remain partially or completely entrapped within the soft tissue and /or the jawbone are termed "impacted.

Dr Pat Rabot North Scottsdale Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery discusses treatment options for impacted wisdom teeth.


Complications of wisdom teeth extraction Oral Surgeon Dr. Pat Rabot Scottsdale Arizona


Dr Pat Rabot North Scottsdale Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery discusses complications that may arise from wisdom tooth extractions.

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will often remove (extract) a wisdom tooth. The procedure often can be done in the surgeon's office.

If you have any infections, surgery will usually be delayed until the infection has cleared up. Your doctor or dentist may have you take antibiotics to help heal the infection.

Complications aren't common in this procedure but still are possible. They may include:

  • Pain and swelling in your gums and tooth socket where the tooth was removed.
  • Bleeding that won't stop for about 24 hours.
  • Difficulty with or pain from opening your jaw (trismus).
  • Slow-healing gums.
  • Damage to existing dental work, such as crowns or bridges, or to roots of a nearby tooth.
  • A painful inflammation called dry socket, which happens if the protective blood clot is lost too soon.
  • Numbness in your mouth and lips after the local anesthetic wears off, due to injury or inflammation of nerves in the jaw.
  • Rare side effects, including:
    • Numbness in the mouth or lips that does not go away.1
    • A fractured jaw if the tooth was firmly attached to the jaw bone.
    • An opening into the sinus cavity when a wisdom tooth is removed from the upper jaw.



What are wisdom teeth? Oral Surgeon Dr Pat Rabot Scottsdale Arizona

Dr. Pat Rabot North Scottsdale Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery discusses his practice and talks about wisdom teeth extraction.




Scottsdale, Arizona Orthodontist Dr. Charles Wait on InVu Braces

Dr Charles Wait discusses the advantages of Invu braces.

InVu Ceramic Braces use advanced technology to match perfectly with your tooth color; they surpass all other ceramic braces in strength and beauty - nothing compares to InVu.

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InVu Matches You

Only InVu Aesthetic Braces feature Personalized Color-Matching Technology™ that allows them to blend perfectly with your teeth. InVu Braces are virtually invisible and don't stain like other aesthetic braces.

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InVu Feels Better

Other ceramic braces are machined with sharp edges that cause discomfort and friction. But InVu is made using a state-of-the-art injection-molding technology that produces a smooth, uniform surface. They have gently rounded edges to prevent cheek irritation. They’re extra small too, so they’re far less bulky and much more comfortable to wear.

color-matching technology

InVu Works Best

The injection-molded process eliminates imperfections and potential breakage points, so InVu braces are stronger and more durable than other ceramic braces. They have a nearly seamless surface that minimizes friction, which can help treatment go much quicker. In fact, InVu’s overall performance meets or exceeds metal brackets.

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InVu is Safer

InVu braces are far less likely than other ceramic braces to chip or shatter during the course of treatment. They’re also safer when it’s time to take them off because they have an exclusive mesh base that “pops off” easily, protecting your tooth enamel. Other ceramic brackets must be broken to remove them, and remnants must be sanded off. This can cause little chips and particles to fly loose that can be swallowed.



Scottsdale, Arizona Orthodontist Dr. Ryan Wait and Las Vegas Dentist Kyle Gawrys

Scottsdale, Arizona Orthodontist Dr. Ryan Wait and Las Vegas Dentist Kyle Gawrys discuss how to prevent dental problems in children.