Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston
When Is Wisdom Teeth Removal Necessary?
Wisdom teeth also known as the third molars are usually the last of your adult teeth to come in. They are usually positioned at the back of the mouth.
Wisdom teeth normally come out between the ages of 17 and 20.
Most people don't really worry about their wisdom teeth unless they actually start to bother them.
Some wisdom teeth may not need to be removed if they are healthy and grow in completely.
However, in many cases, wisdom teeth do not have the space they need to come out naturally and can cause complications.
If the third molar is coming in at a bad angle it can push on your other teeth and cause damage.
Whenever the wisdom teeth remain unmerged or trapped under the gums they are considered to be an impacted wisdom tooth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause an infection, discomfort.
You may also develop a cyst that can also hurt the root of your other teeth.
Sometimes the wisdom teeth will partially emerge through the gums.
The area would be very difficult to keep clean and will become a breeding ground for bacteria. This would be will be very bad for your oral health.
The American Dental Association deems wisdom tooth extraction necessary if you experience any of the following conditions:
- Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth fluid-filled sacs (cysts)
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Gum disease
- Extensive tooth decay
How Long Does It Take to Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Usually, the time it takes to remove a wisdom tooth is between 20 to 40 minutes.
The time varies based on the complexity of the extraction.
Our specialist Dr. Samo can remove wisdom teeth in 2 minutes or less!
He uses special modernized tools that are not used by other dentists.
These state of the art instruments minimize post-extraction swelling and make healing faster with fewer complications.
What Does It Feel Like to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom tooth removal can be completely painless and effortless.
It can also be a little challenging but this all depends on a variety of factors.
The level of complexity of each patient varies. Wisdom teeth removal can be done with general anesthesia and you will be completely unaware of the whole procedure.
This is a better option when you are taking out more than 1-2 wisdom teeth at a time.
You will require someone to drive you home because you will still be drowsy even after coming out of anesthesia.
IV sedation numbs your mouth and also drugs pumped into your vein in your arm to make you drowsy.
Local anesthesia can also be used when the doctor removes the tooth.
The extraction site will be numbed and you will still be awake but you will feel no pain.
Most dentists use this method especially if there are no complications that make the extraction more difficult.
Should I See A General Dentist or Specialist for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
More complicated cases will require a specialist like Dr. Samo.
He has extended knowledge and will determine the best option to extract your tooth.
Specialists are recommended for more difficult cases and even for regular extractions.
Some general dentists can remove wisdom teeth with no problems.
However, there are cases where the root is too deep. The dentist might suggest cutting the tooth in pieces in order to remove it.
This is not always done correctly as it requires a great amount of skill to successfully complete.
If done wrong it can be a very painful and long recovery for the patient.
A long recovery also increases the risk of having Dry Socket. The blood clot that forms may keep dislodging and won't heal all the way.
It is important to know at least a little bit of the dentist or oral surgeon you decide to visit.
Doing research on your dentist can be helpful in determining the quality of the doctor you are visiting.
A better dentist will determine a better experience and can help you to have a faster recovery.
How Long Is The Recovery Time After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Recovery time is different for everyone.
The general recovery time for a simple extraction is 3-4 days.
If the wisdom tooth was impacted or coming in at a bad angle, then recovery time can be up to a week to fully recover.
It can take a couple of months for your extraction site to completely be healed.
Pain medication will be prescribed until needed. The wound will be less uncomfortable as your healing progresses.
You will be limited to eating soft foods for a while. The use of an ice pack may also be necessary if there is any swelling.
How To Prepare For Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth removal is considered an outpatient procedure. This means that in most cases you are able to get the procedure done in one sitting.
You will be able to leave the same day that you have it done.
It is important to ask your dentist any questions you have before the extraction.
Generally, the doctor will give you a good idea of what to expect after the initial examinations are done.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
To get an idea of the average cost for all-four of your wisdom teeth removed under IV Sedation, we called multiple dental locations and came up with this chart.
- If you have Insurance, we will bill your insurance and you will pay your copay "$200-$500 based on your insurance"
- Cash price: $999 for ALL 4 wisdom teeth with NORMAL sedation. Add $400 for IV sedation if needed. "Our Oral Surgeon will decide to do IV sedation or not based on your case."