As the last teeth to come into the mouth, most patients do not have enough room for wisdom teeth, also known as third molars. Wisdom teeth are also prone to complications such as dental crowding, pain, infection, decay, and cysts and tumors. To prevent these issues, along with the cost and hassle of treating them, most dental professionals recommend removing wisdom teeth before they come in. Whitewater Oral Surgery Group performs a wide scope of oral surgery procedures, including wisdom teeth removal. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Keep your mouth healthy. Untreated wisdom teeth are susceptible to a host of issues that compromise oral health. Removing wisdom teeth before they cause a problem is a common recommendation.
- Preserve facial aesthetics. If you’ve had braces, wisdom teeth could shift your teeth out of alignment and undo months (or years) of orthodontic treatment. If you haven’t had braces, you may find yourself needing them after wisdom teeth come in.
- Reduce pain. Pressure from wisdom teeth that do not properly fit in the mouth can cause pain, headaches, and tooth and gum sensitivity. In addition, wisdom teeth that crowd the dental arch are susceptible to infection and decay, which are also painful.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies from patient to patient. Whether or not the teeth are impacted, the type of anesthesia, how many teeth are to be removed, type of insurance, and more all factor into the final cost of treatment.
When you come to Whitewater Oral Surgery Group for your consultation, your oral surgeon will design a treatment plan that’s right for you. They will explain your treatment in depth and provide you with an estimated cost of treatment. Contact us to schedule your consultation.
Types of Anesthesia
Whitewater Oral Surgery Group uses three main types of anesthesia:
Local anesthesia is administered directly to the surgical site and only affects the local area. It is commonly used for minor procedures, such as simple dental extractions or small soft tissue biopsies.
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas and is a mild sedative inhaled through a mask over the mouth and nose. It is often used in conjunction with local anesthesia. The effects of the gas will dissipate after breathing some oxygen for a few minutes after the procedure.
IV sedation is administered into the patient’s vein. This type of sedation is most commonly used during impacted wisdom teeth extraction, extensive dental implant surgery, or any surgical procedure that may be more complex in nature.