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
Dr. Moores was excellent....Very skilled, professional and reassuring. He performed wisdom teeth extraction on my sons and the entire experience, from first visit to follow up care was great. We were treated very well, not only by Dr. Moores, but by his assistant and the front office staff as well. I will highly recommend Dr. Moores to anyone who may be in need of his services.
- Deborah G
All three of my sons had their wisdom teeth extracted by Dr. Jack Moores at Oakland Oral Surgery. Dr. Moores was very professional and completely thorough during the entire process, from the consultations to our follow-up appointments. I would definitely recommend Dr. Moores and his staff to all my family and friends.
- Michelle H
Dr. Moores removed my sons wisdom teeth. He took the time to explain everything very thoroughly to him, patiently answered all of his questions and eased any fears he may have had. Highly recommend!
- Theresa C
The staff was very helpful with explaining what my insurance would cover and what my portion was. The Doctors assistants were wonderful.
- Janeen F
Had wisdom teeth removed and bone work done by Dr Azzopardi, would definitely return for any future oral surgery needs.
- Kate P