If you are looking for an oral surgery team to extract your wisdom teeth at an affordable cost, then look no further than Best Dental.
Our experienced clinicians have successfully removed over 15,000 wisdom teeth in and around the greater Houston, TX area.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to form inside the mouth. Most people lack the sufficient space for these teeth to erupt properly, which causes a myriad of intraoral problems including wisdom tooth pain, and dental infections.
Let’s learn more about what wisdom teeth are, their removal process, and how getting your third molars extracted can benefit your overall health.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final teeth to form within your jawbones. They either erupt into your mouth, or remain embedded in the jawbone where they are known as “impacted wisdom teeth.” Because these teeth are difficult to clean, they can develop a plethora of oral health related problems inside the mouth. Due to this, most people eventually decide to get them removed during their early teenage years. Many of the patients who decide to get their wisdom teeth extracted are sedated for their procedure.
What are the different types of wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are often defined by their position in the mouth and inside the jawbone:
- Erupted Wisdom Tooth – These are third molars that have broken through the gum tissue and can be seen definitively inside the mouth. Many people with erupted wisdom teeth will not need to have them removed if they can be maintained and are free of dental caries.
- Soft Tissue Wisdom Tooth (Impacted) – Similar to erupted wisdom teeth, these can be seen inside the mouth. The main difference is that a portion of their crown (sometimes all of it) is encased with gum tissue. This tissue becomes a nidus for bacteria to proliferate leading to conditions like pericoronitis and potential dental infections.
- Partial Bony Wisdom Tooth (Impacted) – These wisdom teeth are partially embedded inside the jawbone, and partially encased inside the soft tissue. Similar to soft tissue impacted third molars, these can show a prevalence of dental infections, swellings, and a myriad of other intraoral problems inside the mouth.
- Full Bony Wisdom Tooth (Impacted) – These wisdom teeth are within the jawbone entirely with no soft tissue involvement. Often times these wisdom teeth are the most difficult to extract and usually cost more to remove than the previously mentioned third molars.
Wisdom teeth can also be named based on the angle in which they are erupting. They may erupt vertically, diagonally, or even horizontally. The wisdom teeth that grow in sideways are normally responsible for adjacent second molar damage, and are often more complicated to remove.
How are wisdom teeth extracted?
The following is how an impacted wisdom tooth is removed. Erupted wisdom teeth normally do not require as many steps as they are not embedded underneath the gum tissue.
- An IV catheter is inserted into your vein, and sedation medications are given to put you to sleep.
- After you are sedated, local anesthesia is given to numb the wisdom teeth that are to be extracted.
- The oral surgeon will then reflect your gum tissue back to gain access to the tooth. Some bone tissue may also be removed to better visualize the tooth.
- Your tooth will then be sectioned into pieces and removed.
- After the tooth is extracted, saline is used to clean the socket.
- Normally a gut suture is used to stitch the gum tissue together. These normally dissolve on their own within a week.
- A post-op visit is made with your surgical team normally two weeks after your procedure has been completed to make sure everything is healing properly.
How Much Does It Cost To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth In Houston?
Wisdom teeth extraction costs are rising across the greater Houston area. Currently, the average cost of wisdom teeth removal in Houston, Tx is $2,500. This includes all four wisdom teeth with sedation. Costs will vary based on the difficulty of the extractions, whether the teeth are impacted or not, and whether sedation dentistry is also provided. Also remember that oral surgeons charge more to remove wisdom teeth than general dentists.
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What happens if I do not remove my wisdom teeth?
Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can cause many health concerns inside the mouth. Let’s look over the problems that they can cause:
- Formation of cysts inside the jaw
- Benign jaw tumors that can lead to jaw resection surgery
- Infections that can lead to facial swelling
- Unbearable pain in the areas of the wisdom teeth
- Infection of your tonsils
- Pericoronitis (inflammation of the gum tissue overlying your wisdom teeth)
- Damage to your adjacent teeth due to dental decay formation
With a host of complications that wisdom teeth can cause, it’s not wonder why people end up having them removed at such an early age.
Is there pain after wisdom teeth removal?
Yes, there will be pain after your wisdom teeth are removed. Pain after wisdom teeth extractions may last up to two weeks. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed to keep the discomfort at bay while your body heals itself. The primary medications that our team prescribes includes Advil (for pain), Amoxicillin (as an antibiotic), and Tylenol #3 (for pain). The latter medication is a combination of Tylenol and codeine, and works very well to keep the pain under control during the healing process. Sometimes, a steroid will be given to accompany the other medicines to control any swelling that you may have after the procedure.
What day after my procedure will I be in the most discomfort?
Days 3 and 4 are usually the worst days as swelling is at its maximum during this time. We always advise our patients to expect to be swollen and in pain for the first week, and for the majority of the healing to be completed around the three week time-frame.
At what age should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
We normally recommend to have your wisdom teeth removed during your teenage years. Most of our patients get their extractions performed at the age of 16. The earlier you have your treatment, the faster your recovery time will be as we heal better during our youth. To learn more about recovering after wisdom teeth extraction surgery, click here.
What Aftercare instruction should I be aware of after my wisdom teeth are removed?
The following is a list of steps to follow after your procedure:
- Bite on gauze firmly for 45 minutes. Blood and saliva may mix in the mouth making it look like there is more bleeding than there actually is. Some oozing will be normal for the first 24 hours. Replace your gauze every one hour until the bleeding has completely stopped.
- Don’t spit or suck through a straw for the first week after your procedure.
- Don’t brush and floss next to the extraction sites for the first 72 hours. Resume normal and brushing habits after the first week
- Dont smoke or chew tabacco for the first 72 hours
- Have sinus allergy medication to prevent any sneezing for the first week
- Do not lift heavy machinery for the first 72 hours
- Don’t drink hot liquids for a period of one week.
- Use an ice pack for the first 24 hours to keep swelling at a minimum
- Drink lots of cool fluids to hydrate yourself after your procedure
- Begin to eat normally after the first day. Stick with soft foods on day 1
- Make sure you finish the medications prescribed to you by your clinician
- Apply moist heat after the first 24 hours to minimize the swelling
- Rinse with warm salt water rinses after day 1 to prevent any potential dental infections
When do wisdom teeth normally erupt?
Wisdom teeth normally come in during our teenage years, with the average age being 15 years of age. As previously noted, some third molars do not erupt at all and remain impacted within our jawbones. The wisdom teeth are normally more difficult to remove, which makes it a costlier procedure to have them extracted.
Should I be sedated during my wisdom teeth extraction procedure?
It is usually better if you are sedated during your treatment. Being awake during your third molar extraction procedure can lead to anxiety, and a feeling of unease. With options like IV Sedation, your are sound sleep the whole time. The wonderful news is that because of the amnesia effects of the medications that are used, you will not remember what happened.
How long will I be sedated after my surgery?
Since everyone metabolizes the drugs in a different manner, the time it takes to recover from the anesthesia varies. On average, most people fully recover from their anesthetic within 10-12 hours. You will definitely need to take the whole day off if you are going to go through sleep dentistry for your treatment.
How should I prepare for my wisdom teeth surgery?
There are a number of steps that you will need to take to prepare for surgery day. Some of these include:
- Preparing financially: Make sure you have a complete breakdown of of all the costs before your schedule for your procedure. If you are in need of financial assistance, third party financing or in-house payment plan options may be an option.
- Make sure you do not eat anything for 6-8 hours prior to your procedure: If you are to be sedated, you will need to be NPO for 8 hours prior to your surgery. Food in your system can lead to airway inhibition and choking during your treatment.
- Make sure you have a driver: You will need an escort to take you home as you cannot operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after your surgery. If you decide to remove your wisdom teeth under local anesthesia, this need not apply as you will not be sedated after the third molars are removed.
For a complete guide on wisdom teeth removal preparation, click on this link.
Do ice packs help with the healing process?
Ice packs will help control your swelling for the first 24 hours after your wisdom teeth have been removed. Starting on day 2, a warm heating pack should be used instead to control any additional swelling that you may have.
Should I get all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed at one time?
We always note to get all your wisdom teeth removed during the same appointment barring any medical concerns that you may have. It’s normally easier to go through one setting of anesthesia versus having to go through the whole process over again.
Do stitches dissolve on their own?
Most of the sutures that are used after your wisdom teeth surgery are dissolvable in nature (these are known as gut sutures). Some dentists still use silk sutures to put your gum tissues back together. These will need to be removed by the treating clinician usually a few weeks after the procedure is completed.
Do wisdom teeth perform any valuable functions in the mouth?
For the majority of people, wisdom teeth do not perform any mastication functions inside our mouth.
Much like our appendix, they are a trap for bacteria, and lead to many issues in our mouth as we continue to age.
Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston, TX for residents without Dental Insurance
For our patients without dental insurance, our team provides dental financing options. We also provide very low cost out of pocket services for our wisdom teeth extractions. Our prices are the lowest that you will see in and around the greater Houston, TX area. To learn more about costs with and without dental insurance, click here.
If you are in need to get your wisdom teeth removed, look no further than the experts at Best Dental. With Saturday appointments available, getting your wisdom teeth removed hasn’t been easier. Contact us today!
Other FAQ About Wisdom Teeth
Are wisdom teeth always removed?
Most people will have their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their life. There are, however, certain individuals that can properly use their third molars because they have the adequate jaw space for them to erupt properly. Barring any dental decay, these wisdom teeth can function indefinitely inside the mouth
Do wisdom teeth hurt when they begin erupting?
Most of the time there will be mild to moderate discomfort when your wisdom teeth begin to erupt. We normally recommend pain medication (Ibuprofen or Tylenol) to remedy the discomfort until the tooth fully erupts. If your jaw does not have enough space to come fully erupt then we will recommend the extraction of your third molars.
When do wisdom teeth stop growing?
Most wisdom teeth will stop developing during your late teenage years. Once the development has been completed, they become more difficult to remove as the roots of the wisdom teeth have fully matured. This is another reason why we take these teeth out during the ages of 14-16; the teeth have not fully developed making them easier to remove for your surgical team.
Which wisdom teeth are the most difficult to remove?
Lower wisdom teeth are usually more difficult to remove because our lower jaw bone tends to be more dense. This means more bone tissue will need to be removed to extract your lower wisdom teeth in comparison with your upper third molars.
Can wisdom teeth shift my other teeth?
Although there has been no documented evidence that wisdom teeth cause teeth crowding, at Best Dental we notice a lot of pressure being placed by these teeth. This can contribute to crowding issues that you may have, as well as adjacent teeth damage due to dental decay. If after orthodontic treatment your teeth begin shifting again, then it might be due to your wisdom teeth.
What do wisdom teeth look like?
They are comparable to your first and second molars as wisdom teeth are also known as “third molars”. They are very similar to the other molars in your mouth with the exception that they are usually the last teeth to erupt.
Does a wisdom tooth need to be removed if you suffer a jaw fracture?
A lot of jaw fractures are noted at the corner of the lower jaw, and pierces through the wisdom tooth in that area. If this is the case, a surgical team will likely remove your wisdom teeth as they are performing jaw reconstructive surgery.