Wisdom Teeth Facts by Christopher R. Morris, DMD
Q: Should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
Most people end up needing their wisdom teeth removed. If left untreated, they can cause a slew of problems by growing in impacted. Around 90% of people will have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. This means there isn’t enough space for your teeth to grow into their proper positions. When your teeth grow in impacted, they push other teeth out of the way, causing infections, irritations, crowding, and decay.
Q: How will I know if I need to remove my wisdom teeth?
When you come into our office, we’ll conduct regular checkups and x-rays to accurately advise you on if and when you should plan on having them removed. We’ll keep a close eye on your wisdom teeth’s development and growth so we can predict early the best course of action. While some people may experience zero negative symptoms with their wisdom teeth development, it’s best to have a professional evaluate your teeth.
Q: What age should I schedule my wisdom teeth extraction?
Wisdom teeth start to push their way through in your late teens to early twenties. Most patients have theirs removed around ages 17 and 18. Through proper x-ray examinations, we can establish the best time to extract your if needed. The rule of thumb is after the roots have developed over half-way. X-rays are the only way to obtain this information. The longer patients wait to remove wisdom teeth, the more dangerous problems and complications can occur.
Q: How do you remove wisdom teeth?
At our office, our professional staff makes wisdom teeth removal easy for our patients. We use IV sedation and local anesthetics, so you’ll barely remember the entire process, not to mention pain-free for you. The process involves numbing your gums before making a small incision to reveal the wisdom teeth themselves. From there, our surgeons remove the entire tooth and nerve. After that, we close the gums with stitches for a speedy recovery. Most patients are unconscious throughout the procedure to minimize pain and any associated trauma.
Q: Is the procedure painful?
During the surgery, you’ll be sedated, unconscious, comfortable, and unaware of our work. Any pain associated with wisdom teeth removal comes from soreness during the recovery period. For this, we prescribe you pain medication to easier deal with swelling.
Q: How long does recovery time usually take?
Swelling and soreness during your recovery usually lasts several days. We recommend plenty of ice packs and prescription pain medication to limit discomfort. You should be full-healed in three weeks.
Q: How much does wisdom tooth extraction cost?
Pricing depends on how many teeth you need removed. Our fee for removal of four wisdom teeth with IV sedation is $1,695. Dental insurance can help pay part of this cost.
We accept most insurance benefits and companies. We’re happy to file insurance claims with your provider. If you don’t have dental insurance, we offer financing through CareCredit payment plans without interest.