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Wisdom Teeth

It is common for most young adults to have their wisdom teeth removed. These teeth are molars that are in the very back of a patient’s mouth. They can develop any time after the teenage years, and in many cases, they can become impacted. This can be because of the size of the patient’s mouth, which may not allow the teeth to erupt.

When wisdom teeth are impacted, it is essential that they be removed to avoid swelling, pain, and any other discomfort associated with wisdom teeth that are unable to break the surface. Even when wisdom teeth do come through, they are hard to clean due to their location in the mouth and are at a higher risk for developing cavities and developing periodontal disease.

To determine if wisdom teeth need to be removed, first Dr. Hatcher will take x-rays and learn about your specific situation. In most cases, the sooner the wisdom teeth are removed, the better. They are typically removed when patients are in their late teenage years to avoid any problems happening over time. This can also help in maintaining a patient’s oral health, along with the alignment of his or her teeth, which could be affected if the teeth were to break through the gums and into the dental arch.

During the procedure, patients will be sedated, and local anesthetics will be used to eliminate any pain or discomfort during the procedure. If the tooth is impacted, Dr. Hatcher will need to get through part of the bone to reach the tooth and remove it. Once removed, the patient will leave the dental office with instructions on aftercare and healing. Healing times can vary depending on how difficult the extraction is, but a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to ensure that the patient is healing properly and is able to go about their regular activities and diet.

While the idea of having wisdom teeth extracted does not seem like a pleasant experience, Dr. Hatcher and his team will do their best to ensure a patient is comfortable with sedation and proper anesthetics during the treatment. Patients must understand that removing wisdom teeth is done for the health and wellbeing of their smiles, and is a proactive way to maintain beautiful teeth!

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I had never been to this office and had an emergency this morning - my regular dentist was out of town - and I can't say enough about how well my 8 yr old was attended to by Dr. Sona!! Last night he lost about half of a front permanent tooth and she repaired it and gave great care and comfort to him and me! She is highly skilled and caring!


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The staff were extremely helpful during all phases of planning, everyone demonstrated the hightest level of professionalism, and the procedure went off without a hitch (as far as I can tell, though I may have tried to bite someone while under anaesthetic. I hate the dentist office THAT much!) I am looking forward to my next visit, which is a never-heard-before statement regarding dental visits. Dr. Hatcher and the staff provided a level of customer concern and care that I've never experienced anywhere else, especially in a dental office. Kudos to all of you for a job well done, and for transforming what I'd considered to be a fate worse than death into a pain free, pleasant, and even fun experience!

Ian G.


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Been going to this office many years!! Love the staff, they always take good care of me!!

D R Hashem


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My first visit to Dr. Hatcher went great! The whole staff was really nice and very organized. You can tell the importance they place on customer service, it shows! Everything in the office was updated and comfortable, which was great. I would highly recommend Dr. Hatcher and his practice to anyone in the area.

Allyson W.


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Once again, I have just returned from a stress free, pain free trip to "the dentist". That's because MY dentist is Dr. Steven Hatcher in Greensboro, NC. His entire staff is so friendly and personal that I never feel rushed or like I am just another patient. Today I got the special treatment of actually getting to have bite wing x-rays, something my severe gag reflex has prohibited me from having in many many years. Dr. Hatcher has state of the art digital equipment that is available for use on patients like me. Thank you, Bunny, for a great cleaning and for your patience with me today. I am all smiles! :)

Marilyn M.


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Excellent patient care, from all the staff. Gentle, friendly and professional.

Earl T.


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Bunny did a great job with my cleaning. She was very thorough and it's always nice to hear Doctor Hatcher say "You're in good shape, Bernie." WOO HOO!

Bernie H.


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Very professional and friendly staff. Barbie especially is extremely comforting and has a relaxing, soothing bedside manner. Dr Hatcher is very approachable and friendly. Everyone there makes you feel comfortable and calm while visiting a place that is probably not near the top of anyone's favorite places to visit list.

Brian G.


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Dr. Hatcher and his staff are terrific people, they make you feel comfortable the moment you walk through the door. I'm terrified of the dentist but for whatever reason I felt very at ease in their office.

Denise M.


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Okay, I'm not a huge fan of visits to the dentist, but I have NEVER had a bad experience in your office! I had been a former patient of Dr. Grubb, so I was a bit concerned when I heard he was retiring. No need to worry about that any more... and Bunny is the most gentle person I've ever met while sitting in "the chair," and she is very attentive to your comfort level. I'd recommend your practice to anyone!

Leigh O.


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Prompt appointments. Friendly staff. Quality work. Available if you need them. Quick without being rushed. What more can you ask for in a dentist?

Bill M.


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The staff not only exceed my expectations for my personal dental care, but they provided wonderful care for my children. I don't have to worry about my children fearing dental care, they now look forward to it. Thank you so much!!!

Ashley T.


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Best Dentist and staff in Greensboro!

Dale S.


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very professional and personable staff, particularly Barbie. Felt very relaxed and comfortable with everyone. Dr. Hatcher exceeded my expectations with his obvious fund of knowledge and compassion.

R. Mullins-Hodgin


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Excellence is the result of preparation, you folks alway get it right. I recommend anyone looking for Dental care to see you first.

Anon

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