Your Comfort Comes First: Gentle Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you are like most people, then you may end up needing your wisdom teeth removed to prevent crowded teeth or compromised oral health. One way to know whether your wisdom teeth need to be extracted is if they are painful, coming in at an angle, not coming up all the way, or putting pressure on your other teeth. This often means that they have erupted or are impacted. If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, one of our dentists and oral surgeons, Dr. Joseph Devylder, can perform the gentle procedure and get you back to smiling as quickly as possible.
Wisdom teeth are the four molars located in the back corners of your mouth. If they don’t have room to grow, they can cause a variety of dental issues, including pain and infection- which means they need to be extracted.
During your initial consultation with our dental team, we’ll explain your options for sedation, and you can decide if you want a local anesthetic or if you would prefer to be fully sedated. Most of our patients choose full sedation. If you do, you’ll want to make sure that you have someone with you that can drive you home afterwards.
On the day of the procedure, you will be taken to the treatment room, where we will administer the necessary sedation and fully numb the area around the tooth or teeth that need to be extracted. Then, before you know it, the problematic wisdom teeth will be gone and you will be waking up.
When you have any type of surgery, you can expect a recovery period. Typically, recovery following wisdom tooth extraction takes a few days. You will be prescribed pain medications to keep you comfortable during your recovery. We will also give you instructions to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly, and you avoid complications.
The team at Arlington Dental Excellence understands that many patients have questions when it comes to wisdom tooth extractions. We are here to ensure that you are 100% comfortable with this procedure, so here are a few of the questions that often come up during the consultation.
A: Wisdom teeth usually come in around late adolescence anywhere between ages 15 and 25. If your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet, we can examine them using X-rays to see if they are likely to cause damage when they erupt and perform an early removal.
A: Please stick to a soft-food diet for a few days following your procedure. The extraction site will be sensitive, so it’s important to consume foods that won’t agitate the area. When eating or drinking after your procedure, please make sure to avoid using straws as these can cause dry socket and prolong the healing process.
A: The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies on a case-by-case basis. Some wisdom teeth are harder to extract than others due to impaction or crowding, which can play a factor in the price. Another factor is the number of wisdom teeth that you are having removed. At your consultation, we’ll provide you with a detailed cost breakdown of your expected out-of-pocket expenses for wisdom teeth removal and go over our financial options.