Best Dental offers Houston, TX residents with affordable wisdom teeth extractions, including third molars that are impacted. These teeth tend to cause oral infections that can lead to sepsis and spread to other areas of the body.
Your initial consultation is complimentary, including your x-rays. Our Oral Surgery team here at Best Dental have removed over 25,000+ wisdom teeth and performed over 5,000 sedations.
What Is Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Wisdom tooth removal is the extraction of all four permanent situated in the back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth typically grow in around the ages of 17-25. Often times they are not able to grow in properly due to the limited jaw space in the back of our mouths. In these cases, they remain fully or semi impacted inside the jawbone and are known as impacted wisdom teeth. Oral surgeons surgically remove these teeth to prevent oral health concerns that can occur as you get older.
What Problems Can Wisdom Teeth Cause?
There are common problems that wisdom teeth can cause:
- Adjacent tooth cavity: Wisdom teeth can lean into the adjacent teeth, and over time can cause those teeth to decay. The decay will need to be treated to prevent breakdown on that tooth.
- Cyst formation: Wisdom teeth tend to form benign cysts that can slowly erode the surrounding bone tissue in your jawbone. These cysts can lead to a full fledged infection if not treated accordingly.
- Teeth crowding: Studies have shown that wisdom teeth can lead to teeth crowding in other areas of the mouth. This is especially important for patients who have recently completed their braces treatment, and want to prevent their teeth from shifting again.
- Infection: Over time, wisdom teeth can lead to oral infections that can ultimately lead to sepsis. This is why our team recommends getting them removed during your teenage years.
What Is The Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure?
An oral surgeon or surgical dentist will perform your wisdom teeth removal surgery. Most times, general anesthesia sedation will be used to help you sleep throughout the procedure. Once the patient is under, your gum tissue around the wisdom teeth are reflected back, and the surgeon will use various tools to remove bone tissue around the teeth. The wisdom teeth are then sectioned and removed in pieces. Once all four wisdom teeth are removed, your surgeon will clean and irrigate the sockets, and stitch the gum tissue back together. These sutures are commonly dissolvable meaning you do not need to come back to have them removed. These stitches aid in the recovery process and help control the bleeding after the wisdom teeth are extracted. Lastly, your surgical team will place gauze over the wound, so a blood clot can form to further control the bleeding. We normally recommend the patient bite on the gauze for one hour, as pressure stops any excessive bleeding after the treatment has commenced.
How Do You Prepare For Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Early prevention and treatment most always equals a better outcome. Since younger people tend to heal faster, it’s always prudent to have your wisdom teeth removed while you’re younger. Your oral surgeon can help you first assess whether or not you need your wisdom teeth extracted through an initial consultation appointment. An oral exam and x-rays will be performed to see what options are best for you. If swelling, pain, or infection happens before wisdom teeth extraction, antibiotics will probably need to be taken to ensure the infection does not get worse. Many times, antibiotics will be prescribed before your surgery. Antibacterial medicines, mouth rinse, and/or painkillers may be prescribed to lessen infected tooth pain pre-surgery.
Learn More: How To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Surgery
How Long Is The Recovery From Wisdom Teeth Removal?
This will vary from person to person, as each of us heals differently. On average, initial healing takes 1-2 weeks with complete healing of the sites occurring at the two month mark. Pain normally subsides after the two week mark. Make sure you follow your clinician’s instructions to speed up the healing process. Here are some steps you can take:
- Ice packs for the first day to help with the swelling.
- Warm compresses starting on day 2 to help with inflammation.
- Stick with soft foods for the first few days (avoid hard and spicy foods as they can irritate the gum tissue around the surgical sites).
- Take your medications around the clock.
- Brush and floss gently around the surgical sites for the first few weeks.
- Rinse with warm salt water twice a day for faster recovery.
Can Houston Residents Afford Wisdom Teeth Removal?
The majority of Houston residents simply cannot afford wisdom teeth removal because of the high costs. This is why our team at Best Dental have lowered our prices (without sacrificing our quality); so that Houston residents get the treatment that they need at an affordable price. Currently, the average cost to have all four wisdom teeth removed in Houston is $3,500. At Best Dental, Dr. Jasmine and her team have lowered this cost to just $1,400. This price includes IV Sedation as well.
For patients who prefer not to be sedated, local anesthesia is an option as well (the surgical dentist in this case just numbs the teeth). We will extract all four of your wisdom teeth for $999 if you do not mind being awake for your procedure. That’s $250 per wisdom tooth.
A lot of times even these prices can still be cumbersome for our patients. This is why our team offers multiple finance options to Houston residents who are in need to get their wisdom teeth extracted. We work closely with third party finance companies like CareCredit® and Lending Club to allow our patients to pay small monthly payments at 0% interest for up to 24 months.
Why Is The Wisdom Tooth Removal Process So Expensive?
Even though we have drastically reduced our prices to help residents of Houston find affordable wisdom teeth removal care, our prices can still be cumbersome for some people. We need to go over why this particular procedure can be so pricey so that you have a better understanding of the risks involved with your dental team.
- Supply and material costs: The cost of supplies ranging from IV bags, blades, to surgical instruments can be quite expensive for your surgery team
- Risks involved: It takes great skill and precision to remove wisdom teeth (especially if they are impacted). The difficulty of the procedure makes the treatment more expensive
- Chair time: A lot of your dental teams chair time will be occupied by a sedation procedure, making it less profitable for them if they don’t charge enough
Does Dental Insurance Cover For Wisdom Teeth Extractions?
Most dental insurance plans will cover 50-80% of the costs for wisdom teeth removal. This includes the cost for the sedation as well. Plans can vary, so please check with your insurance carrier to see the details of your coverage. If you do not have dental insurance, our cash prices are some of the lowest in the Houston area. We understand how hard you work for your money, and we will do everything we can to help you financially.
What Finance Options Are There For Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
At Best Dental, we offer multiple finance options for our patients who are needing their wisdom teeth removed. We want to make getting your wisdom teeth removed as affordable as we can. We also understand that getting your wisdom teeth extracted is not a cheap endeavor even with the discounts that we offer. Let’s go over some finance options that you have:
- Third party financing that allows for small monthly payments at 0% interest for up to 24 months. For those who qualify, costs can be as low as $59 a month.
- Dental Savings Plan: Allowing our patients to save 10% off all their dental treatment
- Cash payment: Our cash patients save 5% off their wisdom teeth removal care
Getting your wisdom teeth removed is not anyone’s idea of fun. It’s a process that most of us have to go through. Let our team at Best Dental give you the quality care you deserve and an affordable price. If you are in the greater Houston area, come say hello to our team.
We hope to meet you soon!