Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth
What are wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth, or third molars, are located furthest back in the mouth. They are the last to grow into the mouth.
Do wisdom teeth have to be removed?
Yes, most people should have them removed. There is a chance that they will grow into proper position where they can be cleaned normally and kept for a lifetime. However, up to 90 percent of people will have impacted wisdom teeth, meaning there isn’t enough space for the wisdom tooth to grow into the proper position. Impacted wisdom teeth cause irritation or infection of the gums, pain, and crowding or decay of other teeth.
How will I know if my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
With regular check-ups and x-rays, your dentist can advise you if and when you should have your wisdom teeth removed. Some people experience pressure pain, infection, or inflammation when their wisdom teeth are growing. Other people have no symptoms at all. The only way to know for sure if your wisdom teeth need to be removed is to have an expert evaluation by a dentist.
At what age should wisdom teeth be removed?
It is common for wisdom teeth to be removed in the late teens to early twenties. The most common age for wisdom teeth removal in our patients is age 17. The best time to have wisdom teeth removed is when the roots are ½ to ⅔ developed, and the only way to know this is with an x-ray examination.
Wisdom teeth can cause problems at any age after the teenage years, and Dr. Morris has removed wisdom teeth from patients in their seventies. However, the risk of complications with extraction goes up as you get older. It is recommended to have wisdom teeth evaluated in your early teens.
How are wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom tooth surgery is more comfortable than ever. Using IV sedation and local anesthetics make the experience memory-free and painless. An incision is made in the numbed gums so they can be gently pushed aside. The wisdom tooth is exposed and extracted. Often the tooth is removed in one whole piece. Sometimes the tooth is removed in two pieces to limit risk to the underlying nerve or because smaller pieces are easier to remove. After the wisdom tooth is extracted, the gums are closed with stitches to aid in quick healing.
Is wisdom tooth extraction painful?
The surgery procedure itself is painless. With IV sedation you’ll be relaxed, comfortable, and unaware of the passage of time. In addition to sedation, local anesthetics numb the mouth to anything that would be painful. Most people experience some soreness during the healing period following surgery.
How long is the recovery time after getting wisdom teeth removed?
Soreness and swelling may last several days. Ice packs and prescription pain medication help limit any pain during the healing period. After the sore period, the gums will close and fully heal in three weeks. Many teenagers schedule their wisdom teeth removal during a holiday or school break and return to their normal activities without skipping a beat.
What is the cost of wisdom tooth extraction?
The all-inclusive cost for wisdom teeth extractions at our office is $1695. This could save you anywhere from 40%–50% compared to other practices. Your personal out-of-pocket expense will never be more than $1695 whether you have dental insurance or not. Please mention our internet special pricing when contacting our office.
We are committed to offering quality wisdom tooth removal at affordable, competitive rates. The most common treatment plan for wisdom tooth removal is for an hour of sedation (15 minutes/tooth x 4 teeth), and four part bony extractions.
We are flexible on scheduling to meet your needs. If you want to have your consultation and treatment completed at your first appointment, same day care is available; just let us know when you call. After wisdom tooth extraction, if you feel that healing is normal, then a follow-up visit is not mandatory, though we are available for follow-up if you desire. We meet the needs of many patients who drive from across town for wisdom teeth removal.
Dental Insurance and Flexible Payment Options
We are committed to offering flexible payment options to ensure that your dental care is affordable. We accept most insurance benefits. Our staff is happy to help file insurance claims. If you are uninsured, we offer financing through CareCredit, a no-interest monthly payment plan. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Your portion of payment is expected at the time of service.
Unfortunately, we do not accept Medicaid at this time.