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What to know about about your Wisdom Teeth Surgery

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WISDOM TOOTH MEDICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Do I need a referral?

Nope! Simply call and schedule a consultation. Our oral surgeons are THE experts in wisdom teeth.
Often, we see patients with a referral from a dentist’s office for wisdom teeth removal. However, a referral is not necessary.

Your consultation

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth,  our doctors can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and determine if there are  current or potentially future problems. Next, we will talk with you about your anesthesia options and will recommend anesthesia options for your case.

Surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort.  Click anesthesia to learn more about how highly trained, experienced surgeons provide safe and comfortable surgical care.

We are committed to our patients’ safety and well being in our office and every day after.  We offer non-opioid EXPAREL to many of our wisdom teeth patients greatly reducing the need for prescription pain medication after surgery. 

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

 

Great question!

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the “Age of Wisdom.”  If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to fully grow in they are called “impacted” – unable to break through the gums because there isn’t enough room.  Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structure is fully developed. In some patients, it is as early as age 12 to 13, and in others it may not be until the early twenties. Problems tend to occur after the age of mid 20s.

And what if I ignore problematic wisdom teeth? click on each tab below for more info:

  • Infection
  • Cyst Formation
  • Possible Crowding
  • Damage to Adjacent Teeth

INFECTION

Inflammation and infection are the most common reasons wisdom teeth need to be removed.

When a wisdom tooth grows in partially, it can create a breeding ground for bacteria, resulting in an infection.

Wisdom Tooth Infection Treatment
Prompt removal of the offending tooth/teeth is often times the most appropriate treatment.  If you begin to experience discomfort caused by wisdom teeth, then give us a call.  No need to worry, this can be easily treated.

 

Cyst Formation

If a wisdom tooth is not removed, a sack of fluid called a cyst can form. Cyst formation around unerupted teeth is fairly common, but wisdom teeth are more prone to having them.  A cyst can destroy bone and damage other teeth.  The best treatment is prevention.  We can help.

Possible Crowding

You know it’s like when you’re in line, waiting for a concert, and they finally open the doors so you can go in and everyone is bumping into you and pushing you out of a(line)ment ? Yeah… your teeth don’t like it either.

Most orthodontists prefer wisdom teeth  to be removed during or after orthodontic treatment.

 

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Damage to Adjacent Teeth

If wisdom teeth are not removed they can cause damage to adjacent teeth or roots, making them more prone to future decay and periodontal disease. Yeah…that’s a problem.

FAQ about Wisdom Teeth Removal

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What If I Don’t Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed As A Teenager Or Young Adult? + -

Wisdom teeth don’t always have to be removed. If they have grown in completely, are positioned correctly, and are properly cleaned, then wisdom teeth do not need to be removed.

Most of the time, however, wisdom teeth don’t have enough room and that 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 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.

What Happens On The Day of Surgery When My Wisdom Teeth Are Removed? + -

The day of surgery is quick and easy.  If you are going to sleep (IV anesthesia), 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.  OUR 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.

What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost And Is It Covered By Insurance? + -

Wisdom tooth removal has a range of costs depending on the number,  difficulty level of the teeth, and 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 review  your 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 will be. We have payment options and we make sure paying for your surgery isn’t painful either.

What If I Have Questions Before Surgery? + -

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).

What Our Patient’s Are Saying

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It was a very good experience with kind and compassionate nurses.

Frances M.

I will always recommend Dr. Coffey and his staff. They are all so sincere, kind and gentle.

Jill M.

My son had all 4 wisdom teeth pulled and everything went very well. It couldn't have gone any better.

Stacy Z.

The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and really care about you.

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Had an implant done by Dr Engel. Amazing.

Jason H.

Very caring staff overall, even when dealing with nervous Nellie's like me. Thanks for taking such great care of me.

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