Wisdom Teeth Removal in Charlotte, NC
Comfortable Third Molar Extractions To Improve Your Health
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, develop around the age of 17 or during the early twenties. Some people develop less than four wisdom teeth, others develop more than four, and some people never develop any at all. Dentists and oral surgeons recommend having wisdom teeth removed as early as possible before the teeth have fully developed, but they may be removed at any age. Learn more about why wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Impacted wisdom teeth have become trapped beneath the gums. They grow at an angle toward other teeth, potentially pushing them out of alignment. Impacted teeth must be surgically treated to avoid infection, cysts, tumors, and the misalignment of other teeth. Visit our page about What Wisdom Teeth Are to learn more about third molars and their development.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Charlotte, NC, regularly perform wisdom teeth removal procedures to improve the oral health of our patients. We also offer a variety of anesthesia and sedation options to choose from so you can remain comfortable and at ease during any surgical procedure.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Prevent Problems. Removing third molars prevents many oral health problems from arising, such as pain, dental crowding, and the formation of cysts or tumors.
- Protect Alignment. Wisdom teeth are very large and can push nearby teeth out of position. Even if you’ve had braces, your third molars can still cause other teeth to become misaligned.
- Alleviate Pain. Many people experience pain or pressure caused by wisdom teeth growing or pushing against other teeth. By removing, you’re removing the cause of pain and eliminating the risk of future discomfort.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
During your first visit, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons who will design a treatment plan custom to your smile. We will take 3D scans of your mouth and face to determine the exact size and location of your wisdom teeth, and how many there are.
It’s important to attend regular dental checkups since your dentist will monitor the growth and development of your wisdom teeth. When the time is right, he or she will refer you to an oral surgeon to have them removed. We will also discuss your options for anesthesia during the consultation.
The procedure will begin with the administration of anesthesia that was selected during your consultation. Once the sedation has taken effect, your oral surgeon will remove the teeth using forceps. Impacted wisdom teeth may be broken into smaller pieces for easier removal.
Your surgeon may make small incisions in the gum tissue to access the tooth, and they will place dissolvable sutures once the tooth has been removed. You will rest in our comfortable recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. Then, your prearranged driver will take you home and should remain with you for 24 hours. Any post-surgical pain or swelling can be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication.
Cost of Having Wisdom Teeth Removed
The cost of any surgical procedure will vary from one patient to the next. This includes the details of your dental insurance, how many teeth you need to have extracted, your choice of anesthesia, and the extent of your surgery. During your first visit, we will discuss all of these items with you and provide you with a cost estimate upfront. Visit our page on the Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time off do you need for wisdom teeth removal?
It takes about 2 weeks for the surgical sites to fully heal. You can return to your normal routine several days after surgery, but should follow your post-operative instructions on how to maintain good oral hygiene throughout recovery.
How do you brush your teeth after having wisdom teeth removed?
Brush your teeth as normal but be careful around the surgical sites. You can rinse your mouth with a warm salt water solution, which helps prevent infection and remove debris around the sockets.
Do they put you to sleep for wisdom tooth removal?
While we offer many different types, most patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure. This will put you in a semi-conscious state, where you are able to answer questions asked by your surgeon. When you wake up, you will have no memory of the procedure. This is different from general anesthesia, which renders you completely unconscious.
What helps wisdom teeth heal faster?
Follow your instructions closely and carefully to expedite the healing process. Keep your surgical sites clean by rinsing with salt water and stick to a soft food diet for the first few days. Do not use a straw for 1 week, as the suction could dislodge the blood clot and produce a condition known as dry socket, which can be very painful. If you experience a dry socket, contact our office immediately.
Get Wisdom Teeth Removed in Charlotte, NC
If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area and are looking to have your wisdom teeth removed or would like an evaluation of your health, we invite you to contact our office. Our friendly staff is happy to help, and we have many offices conveniently located around Charlotte to serve our patients.
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Learn about wisdom teeth removal, schedule an appointment, and more. Contact Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery.