If you are looking for an oral surgery team to extract your wisdom teeth at an affordable cost in the greater Houston area, then look no further than our team at Best Dental.

With over 10,000 successfully removed wisdom teeth, Dr. Naderi and her surgical team are able to tackle any wisdom teeth concerns that you may have.

Since they are the last teeth to normally erupt in the mouth, wisdom teeth can cause many oral health issues. Most people lack the sufficient space for these teeth to erupt properly, which causes a myriad of aches and pains leading to symptoms including toothaches and abscesses.

Let’s learn more about wisdom teeth, the removal process, and how getting your third molars extracted can benefit your overall health as you age.

Wisdom Teeth Removal | A Comprehensive Guide

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final teeth to develop in the body. They either erupt into our mouth, or remain in the jawbone where they are known as “impacted wisdom teeth.” Because these teeth become difficult to clean, and can develop a plethora of oral health related problems, 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 prefer to do it under IV Sedation to help them relax during the procedure.

How are wisdom teeth extracted?

  1. First, a local anesthetic is given to numb your wisdom teeth.
  2. If you have a high degree of dental phobia, sedation dentistry options may be given
  3. After you are sedated, the surgical team will reflect your gum tissue back if your wisdom teeth are impacted.
  4. A dental hand-piece will then be used to section your teeth into smaller pieces to create the room necessary to lift them out of their socket.
  5. After the teeth are fully extracted, saline is used to clean the sockets.
  6. Normally a gut suture is used to stitch the gum tissue together. These normally dissolve on their own within a week.
  7. 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.
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What is the healing process like after wisdom teeth extractions?

The entire healing process will normally be completed at the 8 week mark. The majority of the healing takes place within the first two weeks. During this initial healing phase, your face will get swollen and their will be some discomfort. Antibiotics and pain medications will be given to you as you heal. After the first few weeks, the discomfort will slowly begin to dissipate. Full gum closure occurs through a healing process called secondary intention, and this takes 6-8 weeks to fully complete.

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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, and the treating surgical team. Some surgeons will charge more depending on their fees.

Average Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston, TX

Number of Wisdom Teeth RemovedAverage CostPrice RangeOur Price
1 Wisdom Tooth Removed with Sedation$1,400$1,000-$2,000$600
2 Wisdom Teeth Removed with Sedation$1,800$1,500-$2,500$799
3 Wisdom Teeth Removed with Sedation$2,200$2,000-$3,000$999
4 Wisdom Teeth Removed with Sedation$2,500$2,100-$4,000$1,200

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How do the holes heal after my wisdom teeth are extracted?

Wisdom teeth take around eight weeks for them to fully heal properly. Through a process known as primary and secondary intention, bone will begin to fill in the holes that are left after the teeth are removed. This bone and soft tissue fill in the holes with a large portion of the healing taking place within the first couple of weeks.

What happens if I do not remove my wisdom teeth?

Unfortunately, wisdom teeth can cause a myriad of health issues if they are not removed. 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?

Pain after wisdom teeth extractions may last up to two weeks. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed to keep the pain at bay while your body heals itself. The main 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 at bay 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.

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
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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 happend.

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.

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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.

Will removing my wisdom teeth change my facial appearance?

The shape of your face will not change after your wisdom teeth are removed. Most times, since these teeth are impacted, they do not provide any significant impact on how the structure of our face is shaped. If this is a concern for you, make sure you speak to your dentist about it before your procedure.

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 our team 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.

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How common are wisdom teeth?

The majority of us will develop wisdom teeth at some point in our life. Depending on your jaw structure, these teeth will either erupt or remain fully impacted. Most people do not have the proper jaw size of these teeth to erupt properly, which causes a host of oral health issues.

What is the difference between wisdom teeth and third molars?

These terms are interchangeable. There is no difference in the meaning between the two.

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, the are a trap for bacteria, and lead to many issues in our mouth as we continue to age.

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Are wisdom teeth considered to be continental in nature?

Third molar development and formation is a genetic trait. Most of us carry the gene for the formation of these teeth. Through evolution, they have become non-essential teeth in our day to day activities.

My ears hurt, is it due to my wisdom teeth?

Ear pain can certainly be due to an infected wisdom tooth. It is normally the lower third molars that can cause pain that slowly radiate to the ears. These cases tend to get worse over time, so if your ears are bothering you its advisable to have a clinician check on them as soon as possible.

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My head gets dizzy sometimes, is it due to my wisdom teeth?

Vertigo, also known as dizziness, is usually not considered to be a symptom of wisdom teeth. There have been documented cases of potential links between vertigo and wisdom teeth, but this is not commonly not the case. If you are suffering from dizzy spells and vertigo please visit your physician immediately.

Can wisdom teeth cause headaches?

If wisdom teeth is a source of pain and stress, it can certainly lead to a headache as your muscles will be stressed during your time of discomfort. There is no direct correlation between dormant and healthy wisdom teeth, and headaches.

Can wisdom teeth cause bad breath?

If wisdom teeth decay or form any sort of infection, they can certainly form a foul odor. This is also known as halitosis. Bad breath from wisdom teeth is a common occurrence, so contact us right away if you are noticing a foul odor inside your mouth.

Can wisdom teeth cause a sore throat?

Infected lower third molars can certainly cause a sore throat in the infection has spread to the back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth removal will be a priority to remove the source of the problem in these cases.

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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 Frequently Asked Questions

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.