General & Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa

North Office: (813) 756-4829
5010 Gunn Hwy
Tampa FL 33624

South Office: (813) 902-3839
3112 W. Kennedy Blvd, Suite A
Tampa, FL 33609

Randall A. Diez, DMD PA | Michael A. Diez DMD

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth. If a wisdom tooth doesn't have room to develop (impacted wisdom tooth), resulting in pain, infection or other dental problems, it is recommended to extract the wisdom tooth/teeth.

At your examination visit and to prevent potential future problems, Dr. Diez, Dr. Mick and Dr. McDonald may recommend wisdom tooth extractions as a preventative method to avoid infection, pain or damage to adjacent, healthy teeth.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth. Our dentists at General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa recommend wisdom tooth extractions between the ages of 16-25 when the wisdom tooth is still in its early stages of development and can be more easily extracted and before causing pain or damage to the second molar (the tooth directly in front of each wisdom tooth).

There are typically four permanent adult wisdom teeth located in the back of the last molar on the top, the bottom, and on the right and left sides of the mouth. It is not uncommon for some patients to be missing one or more wisdom teeth.

Why Do Dentists Recommend Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

Erupting wisdom teeth that cannot fully erupt into the mouth and often cause pain and swelling

Impacted wisdom teeth (not visible in the mouth) attempt to erupt but are prevented due to improper placement under the boney surface

An impacted wisdom tooth may develop at a perpendicular angle and affect the healthy tooth to its anterior, also known as the second molar. This may directly affect the future health of the second molar

An impacted wisdom tooth may develop in a variety of positions or angles that can directly affect the second molar. It is common to see on x-ray a wisdom tooth that is lying down or horizontal within the jawbone, rather than in an upright position. This position has the potential to cause long-term issues for the patient

Complications with Impacted Wisdom Teeth where extractions is recommended:

Pain is the number one reason for extracting wisdom teeth and arises because the impacted or partially impacted tooth is causing pressure as the tooth continues to attempt to erupt but is prevented from doing so.

Pain also arises due to trapped food and debris between the second molar and or behind the wisdom tooth causing painful inflamed gum tissue.

The wisdom tooth may become decayed (get a cavity) because it is physically difficult to brush and floss due to the partially impacted position of the tooth. This can also cause the patient severe pain if left untreated.

As a result of chronically inflamed gum tissue in the affected area of the wisdom tooth, both the wisdom tooth and second molar are subject to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also cause the patient severe pain and discomfort. Most importantly, if left untreated periodontal disease can result in the extraction of the second molar and the wisdom tooth. To prevent this condition most dentist will recommend the extraction of the wisdom tooth at an early age.

Dr. David McDonald - Oral Surgeon at General and Cosmetic Dentistry of Tampa


After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. McDonald went on to the University of Texas to become Board Certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He was trained at renowned institutions such as Ben Taub Hospital; M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute; Hermann Hospital to name a few. He has worked in Tampa for over 25 years and was on staff at Tampa’s best Hospitals: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Tampa General Hospital; Lee Moffitt Cancer Center; and the University Community Hospital. Over the years he has lectured extensively to many area organizations to help educate the community on Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. In his spare time, Dr. McDonald volunteers his surgical services to local residents at no cost or reimbursement.

Expertise and Awards:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Oral Pathology Award
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Hospital Committees
  • American Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Award

Personal Affiliations:

  • Fellow – American Assoc. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Dental Association
  • Florida Dental Association
  • Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

“My mission is to work toward improving the quality of life for our patients. Every patient should feel our compassion and our integrity as we work as a team. … In order to grow professionally and personally, we will continue our education to improve our abilities and to provide an atmosphere of confidence. … Our commitment to excellence will not be compromised. Dr. McDonald offers Oral Surgical services in Tampa. We provide onsite surgery with general anesthesia, IV sedation, Nitrous Oxide, and Local Anesthesia.”

To determine if you are in need of a tooth extraction or filling, please call us at (813) 540-7467 to schedule a consultation.

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North Office

5010 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 756-4829

South Office

3112 W. Kennedy Blvd, Suite A
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 902-3839

Patient Testimonials

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"I highly recommend Dr. Diez. He explains everything so well and l always trust him. He is gentle and always makes me feel comfortable , which is hard to do because I get nervous when I go to the dentist. As a bonus, he has a great staff. The employees are kind, cheerful and helpful. They always have a smile and great attitude."

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