FAQ about Wisdom Teeth Removal
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Wisdom teeth don’t always have to be removed. If they have grown in completely, are positioned correctly and are properly cleaned, some people can keep their wisdom teeth.
Most of the time, however, wisdom teeth don’t have enough room and can cause problems. As you get older, the surgery to remove wisdom teeth becomes more difficult. That is why it is recommended to remove wisdom teeth when you are young – before any problems start -the entire process is easier and the healing is quicker – ahhhh youth…So to avoid some painful problems later, give us a call now.
The day of surgery is quick and easy. If you are going to sleep, chances are your surgery will be in the morning because you can’t eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. You come in wearing something really comfortable, (pajamas anyone?). We will ask you a few questions and get you ready for the procedure. YOUR DREAM TEAM will start anesthesia medicine and you go off to sleep. You will be carefully monitored the entire time while your teeth are removed. You may be a bit groggy as you wake up and you might say funny things that make no sense. Your escort will be given detailed home-care instructions to make your recovery as smooth as possible. You get to spend the next day or two on the couch eating soft foods. Yes, ICE CREAM IS A SOFT FOOD!
Our office will call you later in the day to see how you are doing and answer any questions you may have. But if you aren’t at 100 percent in a few days, we want to know so we can help.
Wisdom tooth removal has a range of costs depending on the number and difficulty level of the teeth, as well as the type of anesthesia used. Once we meet you and take take a peek at your teeth, we can give you an estimate of fees and insurance coverage. We will even contact your insurance (usually dental insurance but sometimes-medical insurances covers wisdom teeth too) and let you know what they will pay towards the surgery and estimate what your remaining balance would be. We have payment options and will make sure paying for your surgery isn’t painful either.
That’s an easy one! CALL US! We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have…trust us, we’ve heard them all (and we are kinda really great at this).
Dry socket is a mysterious term that almost everyone has heard of at one time or another, but one that few people really understand – unless of course, you’ve had one yourself. Fear of dry socket has been passed down from generation to generation and the condition has been built up to mythic proportions, such that people would rather face a firing squad than have a dry socket without really knowing much about it. But luckily, we’re here. We got this.
Dry socket is a painful condition that sometimes occurs following tooth removal. One can expect to be sore for a few days after a tooth extraction. The severity is generally related to the number of teeth extracted and the difficulty of their removal. A dry socket is a more severe type of pain that seems to start about 4 or 5 days after surgery. It is characterized as a throbbing type of pain that radiates to the ear or the temple region. It may involve a foul odor or taste and is only minimally responsive to the strongest painkillers.
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot does not form properly or is lost from the extraction site resulting in exposed bone and nerve endings. It is not an infection and antibiotics are not necessary. It occurs most commonly with lower wisdom teeth.
There are several factors that seem to increase the incidence of dry sockets. The most common factor by far is smoking – another reason not to smoke! Other contributors is taking birth control pills, teeth that have chronic inflammation , patients over the age of 30 and anything that might disturb the clot, such as vigorous rinsing, spitting or sucking on straws.
The bad news is that sometimes patients get dry socket for no apparent reason with no known risk factors, in spite of a perfect surgery and dutifully following all post-op instructions. The good news is that the dry socket is easily treated by placing medication directly into the affected area which provides almost instant relief to the exposed bone and nerve endings. This provides patient comfort until the natural healing process can take over once again. Occassionaly it may take a few visits before you are back on the mend.