There are a number of preventative reasons dentists remove one, or all, of your wisdom teeth (also referred to as your third molars). Many people’s jaws are not big enough to provide adequate room for the proper development of wisdom teeth. Sometimes wisdom teeth only partially come in, or develop at an awkward angle that can cause pain and other dental problems. Regardless of the reason, our staff understands getting your wisdom teeth out is a momentous and possibly stressful experience. However, we are experienced in dealing with all phases of this procedure and will help you have the smoothest experience possible. You can expect recovery to take anywhere from three to seven days and our staff will advise you on managing pain, how to clean the area, best practices for eating and other post-surgery issues. You should plan to minimize activity for a few days after the surgery and clear your work, school and/or social schedules as much as possible.
Impacted Third Molar
Surgical Extraction 3rd Molar
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.