Wisdom Teeth Removal
At Summit Family Dentistry we provide advanced state-of-the-art oral surgery and wisdom teeth removal. If you’re struggling with your wisdom teeth, please call us for a free consultation.
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last set of molars to develop in a person’s mouth. They typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 and often lead to oral health problems for many individuals. To determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, we can visually examine them (if they have already erupted) or employ X-ray imaging.
At Summit Family Dentistry, we offer wisdom teeth removal services and prioritize your comfort during the procedure. We provide various dental sedation options to ensure a pain-free experience. We take every precaution to ensure our patients’ comfort when we remove wisdom teeth.
We accept most major insurance providers, including Medicaid, for this particular procedure. To schedule a consultation, you can either call our office or conveniently request an appointment through the provided link and one of our office members will reach out.
What Is IV Sedation?
We offer dental sedation through IV sedation. IV sedation is most commonly used at Summit Family Dentistry for surgical procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal.
This is the safest method of sedation because the medications can be tailored to each patient’s levels extremely quickly.
- Deep sedation (almost asleep)
- Able to breathe on your own
- Likely to not remember the procedure
- Able to respond to commands but unaware of procedure happening
- Must have a driver
- Must fast the night before
*We accept most major insurance providers, including Medicaid, for this particular procedure.
Length of Procedure
- Wisdom teeth extraction typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes
- The degree of impaction, the curvature of the root, or the level of infection with determine the length of the procedure
- Consultation, procedure, and in-office recovery can expect to be a total of 1.5 to 2 hours
Day Of Procedure
- Drink lots of liquids and eat soft, nutritious foods
- Avoid hot liquids and alcoholic beverages
- Do not use a straw for two weeks after your procedure
Day After Procedure
- Begin eating solid foods the next day or as soon as you can chew comfortably
- For the first few days, try to chew food on the side opposite the extraction site
- When it feels comfortable, you should resume chewing on both sides of your mouth
- We recommend warm salt water rinses to keep the extraction site clean
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The cost depends on how many wisdom teeth the patient needs to be removed and the degree to which they are impacted. Typical cases can range from $1,000 to $3,000 which includes IV sedation as well as the extractions.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need removed?
While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed. These signs include:
- Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which an result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
- Changing bite alignment—wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, this can cause a change in your bit alignment.
- Crowding or damage to existing teeth caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
- Emerging only partially—if your wisdom teeth are only partially emerged through the gums it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age, before the roots and bone are fully formed and when recovery is faster.
How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?
As wisdom teeth grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gum line, they may become inflamed or bleed. This can cause headaches or tooth pain. Here are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:
1. Rinse with saltwater
2. Use peppermint essential oils or clover oil to soothe pain
3. Take aspirin or an over the counter pain reliever
4. Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to come in normally, it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth depending on where the teeth lie within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth has penetrated through the bone, but the gum is still covering part of the tooth. When the tooth has partially erupted, but a part of the tooth remains submerged in the jawbone, this is considered partially bony impaction. Complete bony impaction occurs when the tooth is entirely encased by jawbone.
How long does it take to heal after wisdom teeth removal?
For most patients, it takes anywhere between 4 days and 2 weeks to heal from the procedure. During this time, you may experience swelling and pain, and should ensure that you are getting plenty of rest to quicken the healing process. There are things that can lengthen the healing process, such as smoking, using straws, and not keeping proper oral hygiene.