Wisdom teeth extraction is the removal of the four permanent molar teeth located at the top and bottom back corners of the mouth. Wisdom teeth tend to grow in between the ages of 17-25.
Often, they have to be removed to make space in the back of the mouth, preventing painful infections or other dental issues.
Reasons For Wisdom Teeth Extraction:
The cost for a single wisdom teeth extraction could cost around $300 to $600 dollars and up. You need to have a full dental exam with X-rays for the dentist to provide you with an accurate cost for the full procedure since each person and case will be different.
Some dental insurances will cover the cost for a wisdom teeth extraction, we can help you find out.
If you do not have insurance we offer payment plans to make it very easy to get the treatment that you need, just ask us for more information.
An oral surgeon or qualified dentist will perform wisdom teeth extraction surgery. First, anesthesia (usually IV anesthesia) is provided for the patient’s comfort.
Once the patient is under, the bone and tissue around the wisdom teeth are removed. This removal ensures the wisdom teeth around these areas can be clearly and effectively extracted. Next, the gums are sutured together with stitches, which generally aids in a faster recovery time and less bleeding.
Finally, the surgeon places gauze over the wound so a blood clot can form to control bleeding. Once the procedure is over, the patient will rest in the recovery room.
What Preparation Is Needed For Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Early prevention and treatment most always equals a better outcome. Your dentist can help you first assess whether or not you need your wisdom teeth extracted through an initial oral examination and x-ray.
If swelling, pain, or infection happens before wisdom teeth extraction, antibiotics will probably need to be taken to ensure the infection does not get worse. Antibacterial medicines, mouth rinse, and/or painkillers may be prescribed to lessen infected tooth pain pre-surgery.
Is there a lot of pain with wisdom teeth extractions?
Dentists are aware of the level of pain this procedure will bring and will prescribe medication that should be strong enough to help you cope depending on how the treatment went.
Often there will be side effects such as drowsiness, so driving and many types of jobs involving operative heavy machinery are not recommended for a while. Alcohol should be avoided as this will only make things worse.
If there is still pain after a few weeks, it will be advisable to have the site looked at just to make sure that nothing has gone wrong.
How Long Is The Recovery From Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Make sure to follow the doctor’s instructions post wisdom teeth surgery to prevent any further complications. Generally, healing and recovery take about three to five days. For swelling, ice packs can be applied, as recommended by your doctor. Gauze can also be reapplied for bleeding.
Softer foods should be eaten immediately following the procedure for a few days while spicy, hard, and chewy foods should be avoided. Your doctor will advise or prescribe the appropriate pain medicine for you. Also, take greater care when brushing and flossing immediately following surgery.
Dr. Somayeh Nourian is the principal dentist at Kiwi Dental focusing on restorative, cosmetic and dental surgeries. With over 14 years of experience as a family dentist, she has earned the trust of many families to take care of their oral health.
She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor of Biochemistry and earned her dental degree from the University of Toronto in 2006. She has a passion for dental surgeries including dental implants and gum grafts and is currently part of the Ontario Dental Implant Network.