Is it necessary to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to come into the mouth (erupt). Most people have four wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth — two on the top, two on the bottom. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, damage to other teeth and other dental problems. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may cause no apparent or immediate problems. But because they’re hard to clean, they may be more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease than other teeth are. When they are partially-erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result is swelling, stiffness, pain and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removing the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
What are impacted wisdom teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that don’t have enough room to emerge or grow normally.
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
Early removal is recommended to avoid future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. By waiting until an older age, the risk associated with wisdom tooth removal and the recovery time from the procedure tends to increase. It is always preferable to remove wisdom teeth when they are not causing an emergent problem.
Will it hurt?
Our surgical team will make sure you are comfortable before, during and after your procedure. We offer multiple levels of sedation, and we work with you to determine the best option for your surgery and comfort level.
What is the recovery process like?
During the recovery period, your doctor will provide you with postoperative instructions to follow to aid in the healing process and minimize any discomfort. Following the procedure, it is recommended you rest for at least 2 to 3 days, refraining from any form of strenuous activity. During this time, expect to be on a soft foods diet for 3 to 7 days.
How much will it cost?
The cost associated with the procedure varies due to the different degrees of complexity of impaction and eruption of teeth, your particular anesthetic plan or needs and any insurance benefits you may have. Our Patient Service Team will be sure to inform you of all costs associated with the procedure prior to performing your surgery and assist you in working with your insurance company to maximize your benefits for covered services.
Why should I choose Austin Oral Surgery?
Austin Oral Surgery is a group of surgeons who have extensive training in the removal of wisdom teeth. Their oral surgery knowledge and skills are just the beginning as to why you should choose them as your surgical specialists. They are dedicated to providing superior individualized oral health care to the members of the community in a safe and compassionate environment. The team surrounding the surgeons is also committed to providing you and your family with the utmost quality of care.
For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 512-402-6677.