Wisdom Teeth Removal
Safe and Gentle Extractions
Third molars are the last teeth to come in and usually erupt during the mid to late-teenage years. More commonly known as wisdom teeth, most people do not have enough room in their mouths to fit an extra set of molars. Due to their size, location, and lack of space, wisdom teeth are prone to complications, such as infection, decay, dental crowding, and more. Since complications from wisdom teeth are common and treatments can be costly, painful, and time-consuming, most dentists and oral surgeons recommend removing wisdom teeth before they come in.
Meet Our Specialists
The doctors at Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery perform wisdom teeth removal procedures throughout North and South Carolina. From routine extractions to complex removal procedures, our team is ready to provide an outstanding experience.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Protect Oral Health
When wisdom teeth are left untreated, they are susceptible to several issues that can affect oral health. Since these issues are so common with untreated wisdom teeth, most dentists and oral surgeons recommend removing them before they have fully developed.
Preserve Your Smile
Wisdom teeth tend to be very large and lack the room to come in properly. If you’ve had braces, your teeth could shift out of alignment when four new, large molars are left to come in and undo months (or years) of orthodontic treatment.
Complications from wisdom teeth can be painful! If they do not fit properly in the mouth, they can create pressure on the surrounding teeth and cause headaches and tooth and gum sensitivity. They are also prone to infection and decay, which are also painful oral health conditions.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
When you come in for your first visit to our office, we will discuss your treatment plan in depth. You can expect a complete oral examination, a review of your medical and dental history, and time to answer any questions you may have. If your referring dentist has taken X-rays, we will look at those at this time. If you do not have X-rays or digital images, or if we need to evaluate further, we can take 3D scans of your mouth and jaws at our office. We will also discuss your options for anesthesia during the surgical procedure. Once we have created your treatment plan and reviewed the details with you, we will schedule your appointment for another day. We will send you home with pre- and pre and post-operative instructions.
Your second visit to our office will be for your surgical procedure. We will review the details of your procedure and answer any questions you may have. To start the procedure, we will administer the selected form of anesthesia. Once you are comfortable, your surgeon will extract the wisdom teeth, suture the sites closed, and take you to the recovery room to rest until the anesthesia wears off.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Oral surgery costs vary between patients. Factors that contribute to the cost of treatment include whether or not the teeth are impacted, the type of anesthesia used during the surgical procedure, how many teeth are to be removed, and the details of your insurance.
When you come to Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery, we will design a treatment plan and provide you with an estimated cost of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions: About Wisdom Teeth Removal
When do I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Most patients will find they are recommended to get their wisdom teeth removed during their early to mid-teen years. This is because the wisdom teeth are not fully developed and therefore have not caused complications and are easier to remove. Your dentist will monitor your wisdom teeth when you see them for your regular checkups, so it is important to keep these appointments.
Should I expect to take time off from work or school?
It is important to give your body time to recover after undergoing any surgical procedure. Most patients tend to recover 3 to 5 days after getting their wisdom teeth removed, though some may take longer or shorter. Please follow all pre- and post-operative guidelines to ensure a smooth recovery.
Please call our office right away if you experience unusual or severe pain, swelling, or bleeding after surgery.
Is the procedure painful?
It is normal and expected to experience some pain or discomfort following your wisdom teeth extraction procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to keep you comfortable. Please follow all post-operative instructions and use your pain medication as directed.
What if I don’t get my wisdom teeth removed when recommended?
We want you to be informed about your options and feel good about whatever choice you make. You may feel comfortable holding off on removing your wisdom teeth. We understand that wisdom teeth removal, while often recommended, is an elective procedure. However, if it becomes medically necessary to remove your wisdom teeth at an older age, the surgical process and recovery may be harder than if they were removed as a young adult. We value your oral health and make recommendations based on improving or maintaining your health and well-being, but we also value your decisions.
We are happy to answer any questions for our patients. Please give us a call at any of our offices to speak with a friendly member of our staff.
Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery provides first-class care to improve health and well-being while maximizing the patient experience. Every office is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and outfitted with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and surgical equipment to enhance our scope of practice. The high level of care we provide ensures every patient feels confident in their treatment while they receive safe and predictable results.
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