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When you get the recommendation to have your wisdom teeth removed, it can be daunting to think about having oral surgery. Luckily, you are not alone. A large majority of people in Plano, TX have some very understandable concerns about the surgery. One of the largest concerns is often the cost.
We understand why many are worried about the cost. Before anything else, it is important to do a little research. If you’re reading this article, then you are likely already doing some online research, so kudos to you! It can be a little difficult to find surgery prices online because they can vary from dentist to dentist. Our surgery center tries to be as transparent as possible about our pricing to make your wisdom tooth extraction as easy as possible. We offer some of the best competitive prices, but it is still important to do your own research.
Due to the nature of the surgery, pricing estimates can vary. The average price paid in the United States ranges from about $1500 to $2500. Our patients are able to receive a package that includes an exam, surgical removal of wisdom teeth, and sedation anesthesia at the lower end of the price spectrum. We always try to make our procedures affordable, and we advise you to look into your insurance benefits.
It is important to understand what your insurance plan covers so that you can maximize your benefits. Using an in-network provider can get you discounts on medical fees. Before looking into surgery with us, ensure that you have not used up your yearly benefits because most dental plans available have a limited amount they will offer to pay in a calendar year. If you don’t know how your plan works, please talk to your provider to learn more about your coverage.
The cost of services like wisdom teeth removal can actually vary depending on what area you get it done in. If you are located somewhere with high prices, you might want to consider traveling somewhere cheaper. Patients from Plano, Texas come to our dental clinic for our great prices. Some things to consider when looking for an affordable surgeon is where you are going to stay. If you contact our office, we can help you find nearby hotels that suit your needs. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of a hotel stay if you do decide to travel for your wisdom tooth extraction.
With the help of a little research and planning, it is more than possible to save money on your wisdom tooth extraction. Our dedicated team is ready to help you if you need it, so please give us a call.
Wisdom teeth are the last of the adult teeth to come in. These teeth usually begin erupting in the teenage years, and the most common age range for removal is 16-20.
Most people don’t have a jaw bone large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. This can lead to a number of problems that ultimately end in wisdom tooth extraction. Our ancestors needed this third set of molars because their diet consisted of coarse foods such as nuts, roots and meats. These types of foods required a lot more chewing power. These teeth have little to no use today and are considered a vestigial organ.
There usually is not room for the third molars when they start growing in, so dental problems are very common with patients who have not yet removed them. When these teeth don’t have room to erupt, they often get stuck partially beneath gum tissue and become impacted. Problems can occur with impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth including infections and pain. If the wisdom teeth grow in at odd angles, the adjacent teeth can be damaged or decayed as a result. In rare cases, bone destruction and cysts arise causing many problems for patients and damaging nearby teeth. Other times, wisdom teeth impaction causes crowding of the teeth and can actually undo previous orthodontic work.
Below is a short-list of dental problems that can be caused by wisdom teeth. You can schedule a consultation with our wisdom teeth removal center to learn more about your dental situation.
Usually, wisdom teeth are removed in order to prevent or correct an existing problem. Here are some common problems associated with wisdom teeth:
One of the most common fears among patients who need wisdom teeth extraction in Plano, TX is the discomfort that will come after the procedure has been completed. The most common source of pain after the removal of the wisdom teeth is a dry socket. A dry socket is not an infection, but rather an interruption in the healing process. Normally, a blood clot forms around the extraction site to heal the bone and tissue. When this blood clot is lost, it is called a dry socket and is especially painful in the jaw.
The exact cause is not known, but most surgeons agree that it can be brought on by smoking, poor oral hygiene, and insufficient post-operative care. Healing can be more painful and take longer without the blood clot because the wound is left open to the oral environment. Dry socket occurs in 1 out of every 5 lower wisdom teeth extractions. Some patients do nothing wrong caring for their extraction site but are just naturally prone to developing a dry socket.
There is an advanced technology some doctors use to lower the risk of developing a dry socket in order to speed up the healing process. Components from your own blood can be removed and placed over the extraction wound after the tooth removal. the Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) taken from your blood is placed in the tooth socket where the tooth previously was. Because this dressing over the wound is autologous (coming from the same body), it has been proven to reduce the healing time and level of discomfort after the procedure has been done. In some cases, the healing process is reduced by up to 3 days. Additionally, the jaw bone starts to heal sooner, causing less pain and discomfort to the patient.
Using PRF for the healing process is a relatively new oral surgery technique. Make sure to talk with your dentist or doctor to see if using PRF with your wisdom tooth extraction is the best case for you.
If you are currently experiencing any infection, we will most likely need to delay the surgery until this infection has gone away. To speed up the process, we may be able to provide antibiotics.
You will always be given a local anesthetic before any wisdom tooth removal to ensure your own comfort. If you are having several wisdom teeth removed, sedation anesthetic is also an option that may be suitable to you. Sedation anesthesia is much more powerful and affects your entire body. This allows you to sleep or be drowsy through the process. We highly recommend that you do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure to prepare for the surgery.
In order to extract wisdom teeth, the doctor will open up the surrounding gum tissue to remove any bone covering the tooth. The tissue connecting the bone and tooth is then removed, and finally, the wisdom tooth can then be extracted. Sometimes the tooth is cut into small pieces for an easier removal process.
Once the tooth has been removed, stitches may be necessary. Some stitches can dissolve on their own while others require a removal after the healing process. The doctor performing the operation will let you know which stitches you have. Sometimes gauze pads are used to slow the bleeding.
Usually, recovery lasts 3-4 days. You can take Ibuprofen for the mild pain you may experience. Here are some tips for a fast recovery.
If you are in Plano, TX and need your wisdom teeth removed, give our office a call and we will discuss your concerns and schedule you a complimentary consultation.
Many people will probably know of someone who needed to go to a hospital to have their wisdom teeth removed. While this does happen from time to time, it is far from the norm. The vast majority of people can have their wisdom teeth safely and painlessly removed in the dentist’s office. Hospital based treatments are only required when multiple wisdom teeth are being removed at the same time and if the patient is likely to experience complications during the procedure.
If you are being administered general anesthesia, your dentist will recommend that you do not eat or drink anything the day of the extraction.
If you are being administered local anesthetic, there is no such requirement. In fact, many people like to eat their favorite food just before the procedure. This is because during the healing process eating will be difficult. Dietary choices will be limited to soft foods that may not be a patient’s ideal choice of meal.
The vast majority of issues that occur with wisdom teeth happen between the ages of 15 and 25. Many people do not have their wisdom teeth removed during this time of their lives, and wonder if they need to have them removed now that they are older.
Not everyone will have issues that arise from their wisdom teeth, some people are genetically lucky. If you are over 30 and have not had any issues, then the chances of future complications that require removal are slim. It can happen, but it’s very rare, and in the majority of cases removal extraction is not required.
It’s very hard to answer this question without a full dental examination. There are cases where there appears to be no need for removal, wisdom teeth can erupt without any problems. It’s always best to get a full dental examination when your child’s wisdom teeth start to come through. There is no substitute for getting expert professional advice on their specific situation from your dentist.
Extraction of a wisdom tooth is much more difficult (and recovery times are greater) after the age of 30. If extraction is required at a later date, it can become a much larger ordeal for your child. Even the slightest signs of complication in younger people are often met with extraction recommendations from most dental surgeons.
Most dental insurance plans will partially cover a wisdom tooth removal that is medically necessary. This means that in most cases your insurer will only cover treatment that has been recommended to you by your dentist. If you decide you wish to take preventative action and have your wisdom teeth removed, you may find yourself uncovered.
This is obviously only a general overview, some comprehensive policies actually cover the entire cost of wisdom teeth removal. As always, we highly recommend that you check with your insurance company before starting any dental treatment to avoid unwelcome surprises.
For genetic reasons that are still not fully understood, there is a significant difference in the amount of wisdom teeth people have. It is usual to have between 2 and 4 wisdom teeth, but some people can have as little as 1 wisdom tooth (or even none).
Wisdom teeth are usually more complicated and difficult to remove than other teeth for several reasons. The main reason is that the jawbone in the rear of the mouth where wisdom teeth are located is much thicker and denser than it is in the rest of the mouth. Additional complications come from the often, unusual angles of the roots of wisdom teeth (and the fact that they can often have multiple roots).
To make things even more difficult wisdom teeth are often covered by gum and bone which needs to be removed before extraction (unlike other teeth). When dental surgeons do this, they need to be careful about damaging nerves and blood vessels that can be covering the eruption site.
This is a very personal decision that ultimately needs to be decided on an individual basis. Pain and discomfort can be slightly more intense if you have multiple wisdom teeth removed at the same time. However, in most cases, the difference is reasonably negligible. Healing times remain the same regardless of how many teeth you are having removed as they all heal simultaneously.
One of the main reasons people have all their wisdom teeth removed at the same time is due to simple economics.
The cost of the actual extractions does not usually come down with some kind of “bulk discount”. However, the anesthetic only needs to be applied once. This allows for (not insignificant) savings for patients that deal with all of their wisdom teeth in a single appointment. Additionally, when multiple wisdom teeth are being removed at the same time, the patient becomes a much more viable candidate for general anesthesia. As previously mentioned, this can remove much of the discomfort of the procedure.
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