Wisdom Teeth: A Guide for Parents and Patients
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Typically, we each get three sets of molars during our lifetime; the first molars arrive around age 6, the second molars at age 12 and the third molars begin during the mid to late teens or early twenties. Since this time is traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and becoming wiser, we refer to third molars as wisdom teeth. They are usually the last teeth to develop and are located in the back of your mouth, behind your second molars.
Oral And Radiographic Examination
With an oral examination, Dr. Royal, Dr. Azzopardi, Dr. Moores, Dr. Chames, Dr. Kissoondial and Dr. Haskins will take x-rays and may use specialized imaging tools to get a clear picture of the positioning of your wisdom teeth. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by the recommendation of their dentist or orthodontist.
The removal of wisdom teeth is a routine procedure in our office, but it probably doesn’t feel that way to you. Most people prefer to be unaware of the experience in having their wisdom teeth removed and usually decide to have an IV anesthetic. The length of your surgery depends on a variety of factors including the type of impaction, the position of your teeth and the number of teeth being removed. However, most wisdom teeth extractions can be performed in about an hour. During that time, you will be kept comfortable with anesthesia. Once the surgery is complete, you will rest and continue to be monitored under our supervision until you are ready to be taken home.
Anesthesia is an important part of every oral surgery procedure. We offer solutions to eliminate anxiety, while maintaining maximum patient comfort and safety. Utilizing gentle medications that are well tolerated and quickly metabolized, allows for a safe and comfortable procedures, with a quick and smooth recovery. We will make you comfortable before, during and after your procedure.
The Day of Treatment
Be sure to have an adult with you at the time of removal. Your driver must remain in the waiting room while your surgery is performed. If you are under 18 years of age, you will need to bring a parent or guardian. Make plans to have them stay with you for the rest of the day, following wisdom tooth removal.
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If your wisdom teeth properly erupt into alignment and the surrounding gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when inadequate space prevents the teeth from erupting. If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of future problems can occur.
When It Comes To Wisdom Teeth, Timing Is Everything
Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structure is fully developed. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost And Is It Covered By Insurance?
The cost for the removal of wisdom teeth is determined by a number of factors. This includes the difficulty involved in removing your teeth, the number of teeth to be extracted and which type of anesthesia option is best for you. During your consultation appointment, the surgeon will review your health history, x-rays, complete a thorough head and neck examination and discuss anesthesia options, before an accurate estimate can be provided.
Every insurance company has a different policy regarding the extent of coverage and annual maximums allowed. Insurance benefits will be verified during your first visit and we will help you obtain maximum insurance coverage. We will discuss all costs with you and give you estimated co-payment for your purposed treatment.
Patient Reviews for Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Oakland Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center
- Austin D
Surgery went very well and I had no complications after. Very happy I chose this place!
- Avneet S
We are patients of the South Lyon office and had to come here to see a doctor for a follow up visit due to swelling. We’re very pleased with the doctors and staff
- Emily R
Feels like family is taking care of you. Beyond my expectations.
- Bruce Maternowski A
I was also seen at the Novi facility for a follow up visit with Dr. Azzopardi and Dr. Royal. The doctors were very accommadating and we had excellent customer service with a pleasant staff. Thank you
- Ashley G
Every step of the process, from the consultation appointment through the post op check, was handled in a most professional manner. Excellent experience. Have already recommended this office to friends needing oral surgery care.
- Sarah H
The doctor was knowledgeable, explained everything with visuals on x-Ray and he treated me, as a young adult, with respect.
- Jennifer V
Great doctor and wonderful staff!
- Natalie M
Performed procedure very quickly after initial consult. Very accomidating to me before my vacation
- Matt D
The Doctor and the office staff were very very good!
- Bonnie W
Best dental experience I’ve ever had!
- Yaser H
The office staff and the Dr was very professional and great
- Phillip L
Learned a lot about the procedure from doctor azzopardi. Learned a lot about dental school as well. Go Green!
- Alex K
Dr. Kissoondial was very efficient. He was patient and answered all of my questions. The surgical assistants were very sweet and helped to make a not-so-pleasant procedure a lot more bearable. Overall a great experience at the Livonia office!
- Jocelyn H
I had four wisdom teeth removed and the overall experience was very good. Highly recommend this practice and Dr. Moores. Thank you for making surgery
- Natalie L
35 minutes from the time I walked in to the time I walked out without my tooth. I was back at work in an hour. Outstanding efficiency. Highly recommend.
- Brian C
Dr. Moores and all the assistants were extremely helpful and made me feel at ease the minute I sat down. I had two of my wisdom teeth out at a different surgeon, and was not happy with how I was treated there, so I decided to try out Oakland Oral Surgery. I’m a little late in the game to get my wisdom teeth out, so I was nervous going in. Dr. Moores answered all of my questions, and even followed up after the surgery to see how I was doing. He made my extractions less scary and exercised great patience and attention. Even my mother (my driver after getting anesthesia) thought Dr. Moores was very kind and felt comfortable with him. This says a lot for a woman who does not trust dentists. Recommend this place to anyone getting extractions- go see Dr. Moores and his assistants.
- Dee S
Dr. Moores, was fantastic. My son is 12 and had an impacted wisdom tooth. Dr. Moores was wonderful, made my son feel very comfortable, and took the time to explain everything that was going to take place. Defiantly will be back when his other wisdom teeth need to be removed.
- Beth S
Best most knowledgeable and professional dental care other than my regular dentist and very friendly.
- Edward D
Great service and care
- Brian W
For once, going to the dentist/ oral surgeon was a possitive experience.
- Robert V
Overall, I would highly recommend Dr. Moores and his staff to anyone. I found everyone in the office very professional and accommodating to the patient’s needs. The “tone at the top” is team work which is evident with everyone you encounter at Oakland Oral Surgery. Strong leadership results in happy employees and a great work environment!
- Lauren M
Ms Yvonne was awesome sooooo attentive and thorough and has a very pleasant personality during what can be a stressful visit!! Dr Royal what can I say it’s in his name to treat you royally and with care. He even calls you to check in..not his assistant...him! Wow! Such an awesome place if you have anxiety about the dentist. They are super nice and friendly!
- Keirra W
Dr. Moores did an excellent job and has been great with communication post-op.
- John W
Very good service!
- Austin M
Dr. Royal and his team did an excellent job explaining what was going to happen before, during and after my procedure. Also, I appreciated Dr. Royal following up with me with a personal phone the same day after the procedure to see how to see how I was doing.
- John D
We were referred to this office by my son's dentist. My son is 15 years old and had all 4 wisdom teeth impacted. He needed to have them surgically removed. We seen Dr. Haskins, WOW what a great doctor I would highly recommend him!! The staff is extremely nice very helpful very professional. The office in South Lyon as well as the one in Novi are very nice and clean. Thank you Dr. Haskins and all of his staff!!!
- Michele M
Had no complications. Recovered great.
- Marguerite W
The whole team was top notch!
- Jennifer B
Dr Curtis and the entire staff were wonderful, kind and thorough for each of my visits to the office
- Nicholas R
I really appreciate that Dr Azzopardi spent extra time with my daughter and I!
- Jessica F
Everyone is so kind and take their time to explain everything. Everything went smoothly and really felt very taken care.
- Katy L
I am 30 years old and haven't been to the dentist in 15 years had to get a wisdom tooth pulled that infected my cheeks they were amazing totally would recommend anybody to go there
- Chris C
Follow up care was excellent & personable!
- Sean H
I really like Andrea and Mel and how comfortable they made me feel.
- Janelle G
- Sean C
I had a great experience here and would definitely come back for another procedure if needed!
- Lauren T
Everybody was great and helpful, great experience!
- Emma S
Dr. Haskins & the entire staff at the Sterling Heights location are extraordinary! They were able to make an experience that I was terrified of having into an enjoyable one. I had my wisdom teeth removed & couldn't have been happier with the care that I received. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. If you're searching for an oral surgery office that will exceed your expectations, this is it!
- Rachel B
Everybody I met was extremely nice! I couldn't have had a better experience. I don't expect to need dental sugery but if I do I know where to go
- Tony R
Loved coming to the novi office all of the staff was so friendly
- Victoria O
Great experience overall
- Brianna S
A very great and friendly experience.
- Matthew A
Overall you guys made the wisdom teeth procedure less stressful for me and i had a very quick recovery.
- Kyle Z
I loved my surgical assistant 🙂
- Maeve L
Staff was nice and the experience went well
- Drake S
I thought both the doctors and the assistants were very good at explaining what was going on. Thanks
- Travis N
The team here is fantastic. I was very nervous about my procedure, and Dr Azeparte spent almost 30 minutes consulting with my, calming all my fears. All the team members are helpful, informative, and make you feel comfortable.
- Chelsea C
Very good customer service and genuinely cared about me
- Sarah S
Staff very profession andl, friendly.
- Ignazio T