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
For something that you don't really want to have done, it was a good experience The procedure was barely uncomfortable, but I wasn't quite mentally prepared for the pain I was in for days. But, the doc had given the scripts I needed to deal with it and got through it, knew what was ok to experience and what wasn't and had the information I needed, good explanations and care directions. The office is a nice environment, too.
- Robin M
Pleasant, courtesy staff. Dr. Royal was knowledgeable quick and painless. Highly recommended!
- STEPHANIE B
I was overly impressed with the care.. such detail and age appropriate explanations. Highly recommended!!
- Joshua R
The Dr. and staff are wonderful, very friendly and took time to explain everything going on. I would definitely recommend coming here.
- Jon B
Staff and Dr. Royal are great!
- Carolyn E