Wisdom Teeth Removal Experts
You want to learn more about Wisdom Teeth and how they can affect your bright smile? You have found the right page!
This page will provide you with all the information you need to understand what wisdom teeth are, why your dentist may recommend having your wisdom teeth removed, the dental treatment procedure, your oral health aftercare, the treatment cost, and how your dental insurance can help pay for your wisdom teeth removal.
To begin, lets explain what wisdom teeth are. The average adult jaw bone is designed to hold 28 teeth. However, by your late teens to early 20s, many adults may have up to 32 teeth. These final four molars are referred to as the “Wisdom Teeth.” The additional teeth can cause many oral health problems that can be avoided by having the wisdom teeth removed by an experienced dentist or oral surgeon.
At El Dorado Family Dental, you can rest assured our experienced and knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Mohamad Albik DDS, has provided patients just like you with wisdom teeth removal treatments for years.
Dr. Albik will examine the current state and future impact of your wisdom teeth during your Routine Dental Exam and Cleaning Appointment. Digital x-rays are used to evaluate the position of the teeth and predict if they could cause a future problem.
Continue reading to learn more about the oral healthcare risks wisdom teeth can cause, the removal, aftercare, and costs of the dental procedure. If you would like to discuss your wisdom teeth options with Dr. Albik, feel free to schedule an appointment with our dental office today.
Why You Need to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
When your jawbone does not have the space to hold the third set of molars, or wisdom teeth, there are several oral healthcare issues that can result.
The most common issue experienced by our patients is pericoronitis which is a localized gum infection. When there is not enough room in the jawbone for the tooth to fully erupt, the gum tissue around the tooth can become irritated and infected. This leads to pain and swelling which can cause difficultly chewing and/or swallowing.
Over Crowding of Natural Teeth:
Impacted wisdom teeth that do not have the room to erupt naturally can cause crowding of the surrounding teeth. As the teeth attempt to erupt, they can push against the molars, causing damage to the jawbone and teeth. In some cases, the overcrowding can cause the existing teeth to crack or become crooked.
A cyst is a fluid filled sack, like a balloon, that develop in the jawbone as a result of impacted teeth. The cysts can slowly expand, destroying surrounding jawbone and potentially additional teeth. If the wisdom teeth are not removed at an early age, the resulting cysts can add additional complications for treatment.
Damage to Healthy Teeth:
In addition to the oral health issues already mentioned, the crowding caused by the wisdom teeth pushing against the surrounding teeth can make it hard to properly clean and floss between the teeth. This can make you more susceptible to gum disease like gingivitis, tooth decay, and bone loss.
“Dr. Albik is the Best! During his dental visit he noticed my son had an impacted wisdom tooth. He recommended wisdom teeth surgery to remove all 4 teeth at the same time. They were able to schedule the appointment late on a Friday, so my son wouldn’t miss much school. His recovery time was fast and his was back to normal activities within a few days! Great Job!”
– Marik K. Folsom, CA
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
With year of experience extracting thousands of teeth for patient just like you, Dr. Albik has refined his dental tooth extraction approach to minimize any pain or discomfort you may experience. Many patients are relieved to learn their wisdom teeth extraction will be much simpler than they expected.
There are many factors which must be taken into consideration when planning your wisdom teeth removal procedure. Common variables which can affect the procedure include if the tooth has fully erupted through the gums, if it is impacted, and if there is any existing damage to the tooth.
The night before, or the morning of your appointment (depending on the time of your appointment) there are a few things you can do to help achieve the best results. We recommend not eating or drinking for no less than 8 hours before your appointment. If Dr. Albik has prescribed medication to take prior to your appointment, use the least amount of water possible to do so. With any tooth extraction, we highly recommend, or may require, having a friend drive you to and from the appointment, as well as stay with you for at least a few hours after you return home. You should wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing to the appointment.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
Your comfort before, during, and after your wisdom teeth removal treatment is our first concern. While many patients are comfortable with local anesthetic to numb the tooth and gums, our dental office also offers sedation dentistry if you experience dental anxiety. In these cases, Dr. Albik will prescribe an oral sedative for you to take prior to your appointment.
While each treatment can vary, a typical extraction process is as follows. When you first sit in the dentist’s chair, Dr. Albik will review the procedure with you before starting treatment. The treatment will begin by Dr. Albik carefully injecting a local anesthetic into your gums to numb the tooth and surrounding areas. Once the area is fully numb, he will then use a dental tool called an elevator to lift the tooth up, exposing the connective ligaments which hold the tooth in place. The tooth may be rocked back and forth to provide more room in the socket. Special forceps are then used to pull the tooth from the socket. Dr. Albik may then use a stitch or two which holds the socket closed to accelerate clotting. The area is then packed with gauze to absorb and stop bleeding.
Once the bleeding has slowed, we review the aftercare instructions with you and the person who brought you to the appointment. After removing all four wisdom teeth we often recommend or require a family member or friend drive you home. If you have chosen a sedation dentistry option, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you home.
Surgical Extraction for Wisdom Teeth Removal
When a wisdom tooth or teeth are impacted or badly damaged, a surgical extraction is required. If Dr. Albik recommends a surgical extraction, he will review the treatment options available with you during your initial consultation. We often require a family member or friend drive you home after the extraction treatment for your safety.
“Talk about efficient! Scheduled a wisdom teeth consultation with Dr. Albik on a Wednesday, he was able to schedule my removal surgery on the following Monday! I followed his home care instructions and the healing process went perfectly! I’m so glad I found El Dorado Family Dental!”
– Dinh V. El Dorado Hills, CA
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery and Aftercare
Now that your wisdom teeth have been successfully removed, there are some steps you should follow to help with the healing process. Before your treatment, Dr. Albik will review the aftercare instructions with you and the friend or family member you have brought with you to take you home. Our dental staff will also provide you with a copy of these instructions to take home with you for reference.
During the First 24 Hours:
While swelling, minor bleeding, and some pain or discomfort are all normal following any tooth or teeth extraction treatment, there are many steps you can take to minimize the side effects. It is very important that a blood clot forms on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce pain, and speed healing. To protect the clot and avoid a condition known as dry socket, follow these steps:
- Bite on a gauze pad firmly for 30-60 minutes. Blood and saliva mix in the mouth and make it look like there is more bleeding than there really is. Some oozing is normal; however, after 1 hour, repeat with a clean gauze pad if oozing is profuse. The site could ooze for as long as 24 hours.
- Don’t spit any excess saliva or blood. You may drain the excess fluids into a cup as needed.
- Don’t suck on lozenges or candies or drink through a straw.
- Don’t rinse your mouth, and don’t brush or floss next to the site.
- Don’t smoke or use tobacco. Avoid tobacco for at least 72 hours because it slows healing.
- Avoid sneezing or coughing as much as possible. To help, have sinus or allergy medication on hand if necessary.
- Limit yourself to calm activities and elevate your head with pillows when you lie down to reduce bleeding.
- Don’t drink hot, carbonated, or alcoholic drinks, and avoid hot or spicy foods.
- To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended.
- To keep swelling to a minimum, use an ice pack over the area, following a 20 minute on and 20 minutes off cycle.
- When the numbness from the local anesthesia has worn off completely, drink lots of fluids, eat only soft nutritious foods, and avoid chewing with your molars.
Dry socket is a condition that is caused when the blood clot becomes dislodged, usually as a result of sucking on a straw or smoking a cigarette. Dry socket can cause severe pain and slow the healing process. If you experience the symptoms of dry socket, call our office and we will schedule an appointment to evaluate asap however it is not that common in our practice due to expertise and use of minimal traumatic methods.
After the Initial 24 Hours:
- Start eating after anesthesia wear offs. Start with soft food diet first.
- Resume brushing your teeth and flossing, but clean gently around the site for about a week.
- If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
- After 48 hours you can Reduce soreness or swelling by applying moist heat.
- Further reduce swelling by rinsing your mouth very gently with warm salt water. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water. Rinse two to three times a day for the week following the extraction.
Reasons to Contact Us Immediately:
It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a tooth extraction, but call us right away if you have:
- Heavy or increased bleeding
- Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond two or three days
- A bad taste or odor in your mouth
- A negative reaction to any medication
Recovery time can vary from patient to patient. Generally, the swelling starts to go down after 48 hours. Many patients are able to resume most normal activities, such as work, within a few days of wisdom teeth surgery.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost
Just as with deciding the best plan for your treatment, there are many factors that can affect the cost of wisdom teeth removal. At El Dorado Family Dental, we provide expert wisdom teeth removals at an affordable cost. If you have dental insurance benefits, they may cover all or part of the cost. Our treatment coordinators can review your benefits and explain what your dental insurance will cover. For our patients will no dental insurance or high copays, we offer affordable financing options through our partnership with CareCredit. Appling for CareCredit is a simple process we can easily help guide you through.
Simple wisdom tooth extractions can be an affordable dental treatment with or without dental insurance. A simple extraction can start at $150 per tooth and increase depending if the tooth is fully erupted or impacted. Surgical extractions, severity of how impacted the tooth is, sedation options and other factors can all increase the treatment cost. To learn more about the options for your extraction treatment, please contact our office to schedule a consultation today.
Wisdom Teeth Removal is a common and affordable dental treatment that helps keep your beautiful smile and oral health. When you or a loved one need your wisdom teeth removed, you can rest assured our dental staff has years of experience helping patients just like you. Our goal is to provide you with the best oral care at affordable prices while keeping you as comfortable before, during and after your appointment. We welcome you to contact our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment, review your treatment options and dental benefits.