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The average mouth is only big enough to accommodate 28 teeth, so it can lead to some problems when an extra set of molars tries to make room. These third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, are the last teeth to develop in the mouth. They usually make their appearance during the mid to late teen years and rarely develop without causing any issues. When wisdom teeth are left untreated, they can cause complications, such as infection, pain, swelling, and the development of cysts and tumors.
There are many things to watch out for when it comes to wisdom teeth. Most of these can be detected by your general dentist during regular checkups, which is why you should be sure to attend them. Your general dentist takes X-rays of your teeth and can identify when wisdom teeth begin developing. Then, your dentist will likely refer you to an oral surgeon to have them removed.
It may be time to have your wisdom teeth removed if you are experiencing any of the following:
All of our doctors are board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), which means they uphold the highest standards of patient care in the oral surgery field. Oral surgeons are also specially trained in the safe administration of anesthesia, and our offices offer a variety of choices for patients for any surgical procedures.
The process of having your wisdom teeth removed will vary depending on how many wisdom teeth you have and your specific surgical needs. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, which allows you to sleep comfortably and wake up when the procedure is over. We provide detailed pre and post-operative instructions, which will tell you everything you need to know about what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. During your consultation, we will take 3D CBCT scans to get a clearer picture of the precise location, shape, and size of your teeth.
On the day of your surgery, your doctor will remove any teeth that are visible above the gum line with forceps. Other wisdom teeth may need to be broken into smaller pieces before being removed. After your procedure, you will rest in our comfortable recovery area until the anesthesia wears off and you are ready to be driven home by your prearranged driver.
Beech & Reid Oral & Dental Implant Surgery is dedicated to combating the opioid epidemic in America by offering an alternative to opioid pain management: EXPAREL. During your surgical procedure, your surgeon can administer EXPAREL directly to the surgical site. It begins taking effect before your anesthesia wears off and provides pain-controlling relief to the area for hours following surgery.
With EXPAREL, patients can reduce or completely eliminate the need for prescription pain medication or opioids after a surgical procedure. You can learn more about EXPAREL on our anesthesia options page or on EXPAREL’s official website.
Many patients are concerned about the cost of having wisdom teeth removed, but our staff works with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement and discuss payment options. The cost of this procedure will vary depending on how many wisdom teeth need to be removed and the complexity of the procedure.
We strive to make excellent oral surgery care as accessible as possible to our patients. For a more accurate price estimate, schedule a consultation at one of our offices.
Wisdom teeth are large, troublesome teeth. Their roots are big and unpredictable, which means they can grow toward the roots of your other teeth and cause potential damage. Having third molars extracted early can avoid problems like infection, pain, stiffness, swelling, tumors, or cysts.
Your surgeon can harvest stem cells from wisdom teeth after they are removed. Our practice is a certified Stemodontics provider, and our surgeons will ship your stem cells to a secure lab for storage where they can later be accessed upon your request in the future. We’re happy to discuss your options for stem cell banking during your consultation appointment. In the meantime, visit our stem cell page or the official Stemodontics website to learn more.
Leaving wisdom teeth untreated could result in a number of oral health complications, including pain, infection, dental shifting, cysts, and tumors. Any of these problems could be detrimental to your oral health because they could cause damage to your other healthy teeth.
During the mid to late teen years, wisdom teeth are typically not yet fully developed, which makes this a great time to have them removed. By attending regularly scheduled checkups with your dentist, you can know more about the development of third molars. When it’s time to have them removed, your general dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon.
No. Wisdom teeth do not always cause pain. Some people do not know that they have them, which is why attending checkups with your dentist is so important. The X-rays that are taken will provide insight to the development of third molars, which will allow for timely extraction. It’s important to remember that just because you’re in pain does not mean there isn’t a problem.
Oral surgeons complete an additional 4 to 6 years of training outside of dental school. During this training, surgeons learn how to safely administer all forms of anesthesia as well as perform surgical procedures in a hospital-based setting. This additional training sets them apart as experts in their field, and one of the most common procedures that they perform is the extraction of wisdom teeth.
Many patients return to their normal routines within a few days following surgery. By following the detailed instructions that we provide, you can take all of the steps necessary to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.
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