Wisdom tooth removal is a necessary thing for those who grow wisdom teeth. Not everyone will need to undergo this surgery, but those who do need to ensure they’re going with an experienced and compassionate medical professional.
According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, about 85% of wisdom teeth need to be removed.
With our help at Premier Dental Club, you can rest assured that you will feel comfortable throughout the procedure. We have a team of experts, so you will be in good hands. We specialize in wisdom tooth extraction for various oral patients in the greater Houston area.
Traditionally, wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the last teeth to grow. These teeth usually come in around the age of 17. For most patients, their mouth isn’t large enough for these extra molars. Because of this, the growth of the (typically) four wisdom teeth can pose a threat to your oral health.
Left untreated and not removed, wisdom teeth often become impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth can affect the aesthetics of your smile.
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, says that nine out of 10 individuals will experience at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
Because of these reasons, most dental health professionals recommend patients have their wisdom teeth, or third molars, extracted as soon as possible.
Once your wisdom teeth begin to grow, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon who can help you handle this procedure before it becomes an issue that impacts your overall health.
Wondering if you’re experiencing issues related to your wisdom teeth becoming impacted? Knowing the symptoms to watch for can help.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause these symptoms:
If you observe these symptoms, contact your dentist to schedule a consultation.
If you’re getting your wisdom teeth out, there are some key questions you will want to be answered. Knowing the answer to these important questions can help clear up confusion and ensure you understand the procedure.
This is a preventative procedure, and an incredibly common one. Over 10 million wisdom teeth are taken out in America each year. The vast majority of these procedures are elective.
Wisdom tooth removal is highly recommended for people who are in their teens to early twenties. During this developmental time in a person’s life, the teeth' roots are not entirely developed and take up less space within the jaw.
If you wait until later in life to remove wisdom teeth, your jawbone and teeth will already be fully developed. This means that it will be much harder and complex to complete the procedure.
Though you can have wisdom teeth removed at any age, younger patients tend to recover more quickly following surgery.
By removing your wisdom teeth early, you also lessen the chance of having impacted wisdom teeth.
The cost of third molar extractions depends upon a few different factors – how many wisdom teeth will be extracted, anesthesia used, any issues that may complicate the treatment, and your dental insurance.
If you are curious about the cost, schedule a consultation today. During your consultation, we will provide you with an estimate of your treatment, and any anticipated insurance coverage.
Knowing what you can expect during wisdom tooth surgery can help you be less nervous about the procedure. So, let’s talk about it.
Our team offers sedation methods that will keep you comfortable and not feel pain during this procedure. You will not experience discomfort or remember the procedure, but you will be conscious enough to respond to your doctor. This is optional but recommended to help manage the pain.
Our highly skilled team typically removes four wisdom teeth in about an hour. That’s it. It is a simple procedure, and we perform it every day.
When you awake from your procedure, you can expect to feel a bit dizzy. We will monitor you until we think you are ready to head home with the person who brought you. If you have been put under for your procedure, you will not be allowed to drive home due to the medicine still in your system.
We will give you some aftercare instructions before you leave. Total recovery time depends on your age and the extent of the procedure. Typically you can expect to resume normal activities after a day or two.
You will need to be careful to rest and relax and allow yourself to heal. You will also need to attend to your gauze and ensure it is kept clean. It is also recommended to sleep with your head elevated.
A routine wisdom teeth extraction doesn’t have to be a scary, mysterious process. With Dr. Ozumba’s artistic and gentle touch, the tooth extraction process will be as painless as possible.
Now that you know what to expect and have learned the answers to the most commonly asked questions, you will know what to expect during your surgery.
Call us today to schedule a consultation to talk about your wisdom teeth surgery. If you’re located in the Houston, Texas, area, no one is better equipped to handle your wisdom tooth extraction than our talented team.