Are your wisdom teeth just starting to come in? Have they begun pressing against neighboring teeth causing pain and discomfort? If you need help with wisdom teeth removal, then you should contact North Texas Dental Surgery right away for an examination.
Dr. Choi has helped many people regain comfort again after removing wisdom teeth that were impacted or causing problems. He has many years of experience helping patients with both simple wisdom tooth removal and more complex cases with those who have impacted wisdom teeth.
Please contact our office near Frisco, TX right away at (214) 592-0692 to see if we may be able to help with your wisdom tooth extraction.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow in between the ages of 17 and 24. They are called wisdom teeth because they don’t grow or develop until we are a little older and wiser.
How Necessary is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom tooth removal may be a necessary operation for those who do not have enough room in their mouths for a third set of molars to come through properly.
Dentists often recommend having wisdom teeth removed before they create serious problems such as infection or impaction which will require a more complicated procedure. That is why it is important to have this operation performed as soon as possible.
If the wisdom teeth are coming through straight, and there aren’t any teeth being impacted, then it may not be necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed. If you are in doubt as to whether you need yours removed, come in for an honest opinion from Dr. Choi at North Texas Dental Surgery.
Why Do We Not Have Enough Room for Wisdom Teeth?
During the growth and developmental stages of childhood, our jaws may not grow large enough to accommodate a third set of molars. When this happens, the wisdom teeth may come in sideways or begin to impact under the second set of molars.
Will My Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed? If I Don’t, What Could Happen?
Wisdom teeth will need to be removed for most people to avoid serious health issues later on in life. If they are only partially erupted, they can cause issues such as infection, leading to damage of the neighboring molar.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted. If there is about a finger’s worth of room, then you may have enough room for the wisdom teeth to come through. However, if there isn’t much space back there, then you will more than likely need to see a wisdom tooth removal surgeon to keep your other teeth healthy and safe.
One way to know if your wisdom teeth need to be removed is to contact our office near Frisco, TX and schedule an appointment to have a consultation. Once Dr. Choi has reviewed your X-rays, he will be able to give you a recommendation as to whether or not you should have your wisdom teeth removed.
What is the Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery?
Price for having wisdom teeth removed can vary depending upon if you have insurance or not and how complicated a case you have.
For removals that are considered medically necessary, dental insurance may cover up to half of the procedure cost. Many dental plans have an annual coverage cap of $1,000 to $1,500. Check in advance with your provider for your policy coverage amount.
If you do not have insurance, you can expect to pay around $1,500 dollars for extraction of all four wisdom teeth. When the patient has impacted teeth though, this could greatly increase the cost of the whole procedure.
What You Should Ask Your Dentist Before Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Before having your wisdom teeth out, you may want to ask some general questions to get an idea of how the procedure is performed, what to expect, and any complications along the way which could cause a prolonged healing period.
Some of the questions should include:
– Do I need to have all of my wisdom teeth removed or just the ones that will cause problems in the future?
– Am I able to choose between local anesthetic, general anesthetic, or gas to be sedated for the operation?
– Will there be any complicating factors which could increase the risks of wisdom tooth removal surgery?
– What complicating factors should I be aware of before going through wisdom tooth extraction?
– What will happen if I choose not to have my wisdom teeth removed?
– Does my insurance plan cover wisdom tooth extraction and anesthesia?
Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removal
When wisdom teeth come in sideways, there is a great chance that your teeth will become impacted. When this happens it can cause large amounts of pain and discomfort. The pain can also cause inflammation in the gums and in the sinuses, which can lead to headaches that won’t go away.
Impacted teeth are also difficult to clean. Not being able to properly brush and floss means that food may get trapped between the teeth and start rapid tooth decay. If there is enough decay, this could lead to a serious infection which could prolong having your wisdom teeth removed and have additional costs.
When is the Best Time to See a Wisdom Tooth Removal Dentist?
The best time to have your wisdom teeth removed is before the roots have fully formed. Teeth grow from the top down, and the longer you have your wisdom teeth, the longer the roots are going to grow. When the roots are short, it allows for an easier extraction of the tooth. If the roots go all the way down into the jawbone, it will take a more involved procedure to remove them.
The important thing to remember is that you should not wait too long before you have your wisdom teeth removed. If the teeth become rooted and impacted, this will require the longest recovery period after the surgery is performed.
How to Prepare for Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Before your procedure, you will need to make arrangements for someone to pick you up after the surgery has been performed if you will be sedated. For many patients who are given general anesthesia, it may take several hours before the side effects wear off. You will not be able to drive home under these conditions.
You will also be asked not to eat or drink anything 12 hours before the surgery. This is common for most outpatient procedures. There are exceptions for diabetics and for those who need to take prescription medications.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Surgery
To begin the procedure, the dentist will use either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic depending upon how many teeth are being removed and your comfort level.
The oral surgeon begins to separate the gum tissue from the wisdom tooth and then any other tissue connecting the tooth to the jawbone. Next, the dentist will be able to remove the wisdom tooth and close up the pocket with stitches. The surgeon then usually places a gauze pad over the surgical site to help build up a blood clot and stop the bleeding.
Recovery Period after Wisdom Teeth Removal
The recovery period after having your wisdom teeth removed should be about one week if there are no complicating factors. We will also give you instructions on how to care for your mouth while your mouth is healing.
You will want to change the gauze pads regularly until the bleeding stops. Afterwards, you may wish to keep the gauze pads on there for a few additional days to help protect against dry sockets and infection.
After the first week has gone by and there are no problems, your dentist may choose to remove the stitches, if they are self-dissolving.
Foods That are Safe to Eat after Wisdom Tooth Extraction
During this time, our staff will provide you with a list of foods that you can and can’t eat on each day. For the first couple of days, you should eat foods that are soft and rich in vitamin A or C.
These foods include:
– Mashed Potatoes
It is also recommended that you eat food at room temperature or as close to as possible. If you eat food that is too warm, it could cause the blood clots to break down. You may also burn the insides of your mouth if you have exposed sockets.
What to Expect after Your Wisdom Teeth Have Been Removed
Now that your wisdom teeth have been removed, you may notice some slight aches or sensitivity to hot and cold. This is completely natural and the sensitivity will subside over the next week.
Tips to Help with Recovery after Wisdom Tooth Extraction
– When you apply a new gauze pad, you should bite gently. Biting too hard may irritate the surgical site and cause the socket to start bleeding again.
– While eating, try to pay close attention to what you are biting. While the mouth is completely numb, it easy to bite your cheek or tongue on accident and mistake it for food.
– You should elevate your head while sleeping. The bleeding could be prolonged if you are lying flat.
– Do not perform any serious physical activity after the surgery or while under the effects of anesthesia or pain killers. You may be prone to not only injuring yourself but could prolong the healing period.
– Do not use a straw to drink anything. The suction may uproot the blood clots from the socket. If the sockets are exposed for too long without protection, you could develop a dry socket.
– Use an ice pack to help with the inflammation and swelling during the first couple days after the operation.
– Make sure to brush your teeth carefully so that you do not make contact with the areas where the wisdom teeth were removed.
Complications Related to Wisdom Tooth Extraction
One of the biggest factors for a quick healing period is making sure that you do not suck out the blood clots in the sockets of your gums. When this happens, or if you notice that your bleeding hasn’t stopped after the first 24 hours, then you should contact our office right away.
How Do Blood Clots Become Loose?
If you suck too hard on a straw or food while eating, it could cause the blood clot to come loose, prolonging the healing period for the wisdom tooth removal. It is also possible to loosen the blood clots if the patient swishes warm salt water around too hard after the first couple of days of surgery.
What are Dry Sockets?
Dry sockets happen when a blood clot either did not form properly or had become dislodged from the site the wisdom tooth was removed. They are called dry sockets because there is bone matter that is exposed which can become dried out and painful.
To know if you have a dry socket or not, you should look at the area and check to see if the blood clot is still there. You may also feel a constant dull ache or pain in the area which would feel different from the soreness after wisdom tooth removal.
Have your Wisdom Teeth Removed by Dr. Choi
Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment. Our team has helped many people with wisdom teeth extraction and will make sure you are comfortable throughout the whole process. We will walk you through each step of the way to make sure all of your questions are answered and that you are properly prepared before, during, and after the surgery.
We are also experienced with difficult tooth extractions, where there is an impacted wisdom tooth affecting other teeth nearby. Call us now to consult with our team and we will schedule a date that is convenient for you to come in and speak with us.