My experience with braces was great! I never had a problem with anything. Everyone is super nice here! My appointments were always quick and I never had to wait a long time. ~ Sarah H.
I've always had a good experience at Riverview Orthodontics. Everyone has always been very nice and helpful. The atmosphere is pleasant and office is very nice. ~ Olivia M.
The staff at Riverview orthodontics are great! Dr Upton helped me so much! I recommend them to anyone looking for orthodontic help. ~ Mary Brandon L.
I love the atmosphere! Every time I come in, I feel so welcomed and at home! I love all the staff. Everyone is so nice and friendly. I had a great experience with Riverview Orthodontics! ~ Grace Ann F.
The people here are absolutely amazing! They care so much about each and every patient that walks through the door. I would not have wanted any other orthodontist than Dr. Upton to give me my beautiful smile. Thank you so much! ~ Ashley B.
I have really enjoyed having my braces on! Dr. Upton and the staff are really sweet people. Just a wonderful experience! ~ Morgan P.
My teeth feel and look so much better. The staff is super friendly and I appreciate all the work y'all have done!! ~ Courtney S.
I like coming here because of the family friendly atmosphere. I always feel very attended to as if I was the first and only patient of the day. I always look forward to my visits!! ~ Tina H.
Dr. Upton and staff are wonderful! They made my teeth look awesome!! Thanks for the perfect smile! ~ Dusti P.
I like coming to Riverview Orthodontics because the staff is really nice. Dr. Upton is really funny!! You will enjoy braces if you get them! ~ Zaria S.
I like coming to Riverview because everyone is so nice and professional! People at Riverview really treat you well. You are in good hands here! ~ Allison H.
Dr. Upton and his staff were great from the consult to the day I got my braces removed. Everyone always greeted you with a smile, appointments were timely, and Riverview Orthodontics made sure I got the smile I always wanted! ~ Laura T.
My kids absolutely love Dr. Upton and his staff! They make braces fun! Each month they look forward to coming to see the new contests, prizes, etc... Not to mention the final reward of a smile to last a lifetime! ~ Kristi J.
I have enjoyed coming because the staff and Dr. Upton are so friendly. They have been so encouraging throughout the process. I am so pleased with my new, beautiful smile! It was so worth it! ~ Lucy M.
Riverview is a wonderful facility! I enjoyed the hospitality of the staff and environment. They are very thoughtful and they always kept to my needs while I was being worked on. The office is very pretty. I thank all of the people at Riverview for my beautiful smile! ~ McKenzie W.
I like coming to Riverview Orthodontics because I believe that Dr. Upton is the best orthodontist ever! His staff is unbelievable! Every time I came to this office I felt special and was treated like I was part of the family! What a great experience! ~ Rhonda H.
I have had a wonderful two and a half years here at Riverview Orthodontics. I feel that I could not have been put in better hands. Everyone that I've met have been very nice and professional. I plan to recommend friends and family. ~ Dr. Bruce C. Jones
I'm so glad I came to Riverview, my teeth look so much better! Dr. Upton and his staff are awesome! I love coming to appointments because they are fun and we never have to wait long! ~ Payton S.
We like coming to Riverview Orthodontics because the staff was very patient and understanding. They explained everything to me and my son. I am so glad we chose Riverview!
Dr. Upton is the best! If you want a great smile, he is the person to see! ~ Melissa W.
Dr. Upton and his staff are always so friendly and helpful. They make you feel like family. I will definitely recommend using Riverview Orthodontics. My teeth look better than I could ever imagined. Thank you for giving me the smile I have always wanted! ~ Tiffany L.
Everyone is so nice. I have never had any trouble here and everyone is so welcoming. I honestly look forward to coming to my appointments. ~ Marley S.
The staff is extremely friendly and I know Dr. Upton will do everything he can to get my teeth looking fabulous and keep them that way! ~ Alicia H.
I like coming to Riverview because the staff is nice and it's a clean environment. You always get a friendly greeting and great conversation during and after your service. Thank you guys for the great work! ~ Ariana Spivey
I came in at the age of 14 needing braces. I was nervous but Riverview Orthodontics staff made the process easy. Thank you so much Dr. Upton and Staff!! ~ Wynton Shamburger
Everyone is always so nice! The view is awesome! Last but not least my teeth look great! This place is awesome! ~ Marley S.
By the age of 18, most adults will have 32 total teeth. However, nearly 90% of adults will only have the approximate jaw size to hold 28. Those extra four teeth are typically the third molars, or "wisdom teeth." Some people are born without these "extra" teeth – in fact, they are the most common teeth to be born without – but for the rest of us, the extra teeth in the jaw causes problems. When the wisdom teeth come in (years after the rest of our permanent teeth), there is often little to no space for them to erupt. This causes them to force themselves into strange positions in the mouth, or to grow into spaces they were not meant to – termed "impacted" wisdom teeth. Adjacent teeth can be damaged, and the odd position of the wisdom teeth next to the other teeth can trap food particles and encourage decay and infection.
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. In extreme cases, a tumor can even form from the cyst, requiring more complicated surgery. If any of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
Even without these symptoms, wisdom teeth may still need to be extracted. The "common wisdom" of years past indicated that wisdom teeth should only be taken out after they erupted or caused problems. We now know, however, that in many cases, wisdom teeth can already cause major problems before erupting. A recent study by the AAOMS (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons) shows that normally erupted, well positioned wisdom teeth can be just as prone to infection as impacted wisdom teeth, furthering the case for the early extraction of wisdom teeth.
Waiting to remove a wisdom tooth only gives the tooth time to grow larger and become more difficult to extract. Also, older patients often suffer more complications and longer recovery times than their younger counterparts when undergoing wisdom tooth extractions.
Wisdom tooth extractions typically begin with a thorough examination so that we can best determine the method of extraction. The small, typical "bitewing" dental x-rays do not see far enough back in the jaw to give adequate information regarding wisdom teeth, so a larger, more comprehensive panorex x-ray will be needed, taken either by our office or by your general dentist, if they have the necessary equipment. Once we have examined your mouth and x-rays, we can make a diagnosis and recommendation regarding your wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth extractions are the most common procedures for oral surgeons, meaning our experience and expertise are best suited for this particular situation.
We will give you appropriate pre-operative instructions so that your procedure proceeds as smoothly as possible. These may include special considerations or instructions for diet, lifestyle and medication, depending on the circumstances of the surgery. Before the procedure, an appropriate anesthesia (such as local anesthetic, IV sedation or general anesthesia) will be administered to maximize comfort during the procedure.
After the wisdom tooth is removed, the gum will be sutured and gauze placed on the extraction site in order to minimize bleeding. You will also be given post-operative instructions and any needed materials to help with healing and recovery, including antibiotics and pain medication, as we deem necessary. In most cases, we will recommend a special diet for several days after the surgery. Soft foods, cool liquids, and no straws, rinsing, smoking or sucking of any kind will help keep you nourished and also minimize the chance of damaging or removing the blood clot forming in the extraction site. Some bruising, swelling and bleeding are to be expected, and is very normal and common following extraction – however, if you have a concern you shouldn't hesitate to call our office. After the first 24 hours following the procedure, we typically recommend using a salt-water rinse to help accelerate healing. Simply mix a tablespoon of salt into eight ounces of warm water, and gently rinse the solution for 30 seconds, two to three times a day for about a week. Also be careful not to damage the extraction site while brushing and flossing. Further details can be found in our post-operative materials.
We will also schedule a follow-up appointment, usually around a week after the day of your wisdom tooth extraction, so that we can ensure the extraction site is healing properly, and to make sure you have no questions or problems we can address.