Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, appear around the age of 17 and are the last teeth to develop. There often isn’t room for an extra set of molars, which is why dentists and oral surgeons recommend having them extracted as soon as possible, before they cause complications. Oral surgeons are specially trained to administer all forms of anesthesia and safely extract wisdom teeth. If it is time to have your wisdom teeth removed or you would like a professional evaluation, please contact Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery in Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
An impacted wisdom tooth is a tooth that is trapped beneath the gums. It is rare for an impacted tooth to ever erupt on its own, which is why surgical intervention is necessary. Oral surgeons, such as Dr. Lieblick, Dr. Fletcher, Dr. Gill, and Dr. Abrogio, are trained to identify impacted teeth and safely remove them before they cause damage to other teeth and nearby nerves.
Why Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Dental professionals agree that having wisdom teeth removed before they start causing problems in the mouth is a wise investment. When left untreated, wisdom teeth can lead to expensive orthodontic or surgical treatments that patients would rather avoid.
Having third molars extracted provides the following benefits:
- Extracting the wisdom teeth can prevent problems like dental shifting, infections, and damage to adjacent teeth or gum tissue. Future treatment for oral health issues like these can be costly.
- The earlier wisdom teeth are removed, the faster the recovery period. Small, less-developed molars are easier to extract. Faster healing means less time away from work or school.
There are often fewer complications such as bleeding, swelling, and discomfort when wisdom teeth are removed at a younger age. An easier, quicker, complication-free recovery translates into lower cost for you.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
You will have a consultation with Dr. Lieblick, Dr. Fletcher, Dr. Gill, or Dr. Ambrogio before undergoing any treatment. During this time, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and face and discuss your options for anesthesia. Many patients select IV sedation for this procedure, which will put you into a sleep-like state during surgery.
On the day of surgery, your surgeon will make incisions in the gum tissue to expose the teeth, then remove them. Impacted teeth may need to be broken into smaller pieces for easier removal. Dissolvable sutures will be placed where needed, and you will rest until the anesthesia wears off. Then, your prearranged driver will take you home and should remain with you for 24 hours.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Glastonbury, CT
The cost of your wisdom teeth removal will depend on several factors: the number of teeth to be removed, the type of anesthesia that is chosen, insurance coverage, and the extent of your treatment. Dental professionals and patients agree that having wisdom teeth removed before they start causing problems in the mouth is a wise investment. We will provide you with a cost estimate during your consultation appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do my wisdom teeth have to be removed by an oral surgeon?
Because many patients have their wisdom teeth removed before they have fully erupted into the mouth, their surgery is more complex than for a routine tooth extraction that could be done by a family dentist. Wisdom teeth need to be removed before complications arise, and oral surgeons are experts in detecting and treating these issues quickly. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have undergone years of surgery and anesthesia training to efficiently and safely remove wisdom teeth as well as address complications.
What dietary restrictions must I follow, and for how long?
Patients should remain on a soft diet for at least 3 days following their wisdom teeth removal procedure. A normal diet can be gradually introduced after this time. Do not smoke or use a straw, as this could dislodge the blood clot and result in dry socket.
How long does it take to get all four wisdom teeth taken out?
The length of your procedure depends on how many teeth you need removed and if any are impacted. Our skilled surgeons can perform a standard wisdom tooth extraction in under an hour.
Is the third day the worst after wisdom tooth removal?
Swelling peaks around the third day after surgery, but you can manage swelling with ice packs and lots of rest. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to keep the extraction sites clean. This helps prevent infection and dry socket. Most post-operative pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.