Have you wondered how much it costs to have your wisdom teeth removed? If you are a Sugar Land resident it may be slightly more expensive than you think. Currently, the average cost to remove four wisdom teeth with IV Sedation in Sugar Land is $2,500. This price may vary depending on the complexity of the extractions and the treating Oral Surgeon who is working on your case. Wisdom teeth that are more deeply impacted tend to be more expensive than those that are erupted inside the mouth.
Factors Determining Wisdom Teeth Removal Costs
Perhaps the number one determining factor when it comes to wisdom teeth extraction costs is how difficult the teeth are to remove, as well as how many teeth are being extracted.
There are a variety of different wisdom teeth with their own complexities for removal. The more complex and difficult the treatment, the longer the course of the treatment will take. Some cases are simpler than others depending on the position of the wisdom teeth, and how deeply impacted some of the teeth may be.
A highly qualified dentist needs to study the case very carefully, as treatment planning is probably the most important step in getting your wisdom teeth removed properly. Choosing just any surgery team may lead to potential complications that can hinder your overall health.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal cost at Best Dental?
We charge $1,200 for wisdom teeth removal. That’s for all 4 wisdom teeth including IV Sedation. You won’t find prices like this in or around the greater Sugar Land area!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
- Local anesthesia (usually 2% Lidocaine) is given to numb the wisdom tooth or teeth
- IV sedation (twilight sedation) may be required if the wisdom teeth are impacted.
- If the teeth are impacted, the gum tissue is pulled back to expose the teeth structures.
- Instruments and drilling methods are used to section the teeth, and remove the teeth piece by piece.
- After the entire tooth is removed, the area is copiously irrigated with normal saline.
- The gum tissue is sutured together, commonly with a dis-solvable stitch.
How Long Does It Take To Heal After Wisdom Teeth Removal?
If normally takes 8 weeks to fully heal after your wisdom teeth are removed. The majority of the healing process is completed after the first two weeks. During this initial few weeks of healing, swelling and pain will be completely normal. Pain medications and antibiotics will be give to help you heal faster. Through a process known as secondary intention, the sockets or holes from which your wisdom teeth were removed from will close. This usually takes around six weeks.
How Do Wisdom Teeth “Holes” Heal After Extraction?
They heal through a process called secondary intention. Bone fills the hole, and soft tissue (gum tissue) wraps around the newly formed bone to completely close up the site where the tooth was taken out.
Will I Have Pain After My Wisdom Teeth Are Removed?
Yes you will. Pain may last 1-2 weeks after wisdom teeth removal. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed to keep the pain at bay while your body heals itself.
Can I remove my third molars under local anesthesia?
You certainly don’t need to be sedated to have your wisdom teeth removed. Some of our patients prefer to have their third molars extracted under local anesthesia. This option is popular with those who are trying to save some money on their surgery, as well as those who do not have much dental phobia. Those with a high level of dental anxiety should opt for sedation dentistry as it makes the experience a lot easier for them to handle. Remember that IV sedation has amnesia effects that allows patients to forget their entire treatment. This becomes a big luxury for so many of our clients.
What are impacted wisdom teeth?
An impacted wisdom tooth is when your third molar never erupts, and remains embedded inside of your jawbone. There are different levels of impaction depending on how deeply the wisdom tooth lies within your jaws:
- Soft tissue impacted wisdom tooth: These wisdom teeth have mostly erupted, but are still covered by you gum tissue. There are considered mildly impacted, although these are some of the easiest impacted teeth that are extracted.
- Partial bony impacted wisdom tooth: These third molars are partially covered by gum tissue, and partially covered by bone tissue. These are slightly more deeply embedded in your jawbone than soft tissue impacted wisdom teeth, and they are more difficult to remove.
- Full bony impacted wisdom tooth: These are the most difficult third molars to extract because they are completely embedded in the jawbone. A trained surgical team needs to be present to remove these teeth as they can be tricky to remove. These teeth are completely encased in bone tissue, and cannot be seen inside the mouth.
Should an oral surgeon or a general dentist remove your wisdom teeth?
A trained oral surgeon is normally recommended to remove your wisdom teeth because of the required training that they possess. There are also very highly skilled general dentists that have been prepared to extract wisdom teeth as efficiently as surgeons do. Make sure that you choose your surgical team wisely in case any complications come about after your procedure.
Are there any health concerns that prohibit me from removing my wisdom teeth?
Patients with the following medical conditions need to be monitored closely if they decide to remove their wisdom teeth. Remember to always make this information available to your clinical team.
- Patients with osteoporosis: Many of these patients are on bisphosphonate medications that can hinder the healing process after your wisdom teeth are removed.
- Patients with bleeding disorders: Make sure to note if you suffer from liver disease, sickle cell anemia, or are on blood thinner medications like Coumadin and Plavix. Special precautions need to be taken in each of these scenarios to prevent a dental emergency from occuring.
- Patients with bone cancer like Multiple Myeloma: This patients have difficulty healing after an extraction and are usually on medications that can lead to bone infections.
Can wisdom teeth cause teeth crowding?
Although the scientific literature is inconclusive, many of our braces patients decide to have their wisdom teeth extracted after the completion of their orthodontic treatment to prevent their teeth from crowding. At Best Dental, we feel that this is a great idea because no one wants to have to put their braces back on after two years.
What are some complications that can occur I do not remove my wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth can cause a myriad of oral health problems. These include:
- Dental infection: Wisdom teeth can cause swelling and infection around the gum tissue. These can quickly spread leading to sepsis (infection of the blood that can spread to other regions of the body).
- Pericoronitis: An inflammatory condition where your soft tissue overlying the third molar becomes swollen and inflammed. This condition can potential lead to a dental infection.
- Trismus: Wisdom teeth can become infected preventing your from being able to fully open your mouth.
- Pain: Wisdom teeth can develop cavities that can lead to unbearable pain. These teeth will need to be removed as soon as possible.
- Jaw cysts and tumors: Wisdom teeth that are impacted or partially impacted can lead to cyst and tumor formation in the jaws. Sometimes these leads to major surgeries that can include jaw resection.
Are wisdom teeth also classified by their direction?
Besides the level of impaction, scientists also classify wisdom teeth based on their directed in relation to the adjacent teeth:
- Horizontal wisdom teeth: These third molars erupt sideways in the direction of the adjacent second molars.
- Vertical wisdom teeth: These wisdom teeth erupt in the same vertical direction as the adjacent tooth:
- Mesioangular wisdom teeth: These wisdom teeth are wanting to erupt in a diagonal manner between the vertical and horizontal direction.
Do you provide any dental financing options for my wisdom teeth removal surgery?
At Best Dental, we offer a variety of financing options for our patients. These include:
- Third party financing with companies like Care Credit and Lending Club
- In House financing
- A dental savings plan that allows patients to save up to 15%
These plans have allowed so many of our Sugar Land residents to extract their wisdom teeth at a reasonable price.
What are some complications that are seen after wisdom teeth removal surgery?
Every surgery can also have its downsides. Wisdom teeth removal is no different. The following is a list of complications that can be seen after your third molars are extracted:
- Pain: You may have severe pain for up to two weeks after your surgery. This pain will begin to mitigate itself after the first week, but expect the pain to last for up to 14 days.
- Infection: Post-operative dental infection is always a possibility after your wisdom teeth are removed. Some of these infections can lead to serious health concerns that may even require hospitalization.
- Bleeding: Excessive bleeding is always a concern after your surgery. Wisdom teeth removal can lead to excess bleeding that cannot be controlled by gauze a lot of times. For more information on how to handle bleeding issues following wisdom teeth removal, click here.
- Swelling and bruising: Both of these symptoms can be common for up to a week after your surgery has been completed.
What aftercare instruction should I follow after my surgery?
The following is a list of aftercare instructions to follow once your third molars have been extracted:
- Bite on gauze until your bleeding has stopped. Change your gauze our every thirty minutes.
- Use a cold ice pack for the first 24 hours following your surgery to minimize swelling.
- Use a warm heat pack starting on day 2 to minimize swelling.
- Make sure you finish taking your antibiotics
- No smoking for 1 week after your procedure to prevent dry socket formation.
- No sucking through a straw for 72 hours.
- No spitting for 72 hours.
- Use warm salt water rinses starting on day 2 to help accelerate the healing process. This can be done up to 5 times a day.
- Resume brushing and flossing the day after your surgery. Remember not to spit when rinsing out your mouth, and brush very gently in the regions next to where your wisdom teeth were removed.