Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston, TX

If you are looking for high quality and affordable wisdom teeth removal in the greater Houston, TX area look no further than the surgery experts at Best Dental.

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are teeth that usually fully develop during your teenage years. Since they are the last teeth to fully mature and develop they are affectionately called “wisdom” teeth.

We get so many questions asked about Wisdom Teeth over at Best Dental. Below are some of the commonly asked questions, and their answers. If you any further questions or concerns in regards to Wisdom Teeth, please feel free to reach out to our Houston office.

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What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and erupt in the mouth. They are, unfortunately, also the teeth that can cause the most problems inside the oral cavity due to a number of factors. Our inability to keep these teeth clean, and the fact that our jaw may not have enough space for them to erupt properly can lead to a myriad of oral health problems. Most people develop four wisdom teeth throughout their lives; two upper and two lower. Due to our deficient jaw sizes, not all wisdom teeth erupt. Some remain locked and embedded in our jawbones, and are known as impacted wisdom teeth. Due to the problems that these teeth can cause, many parents have their teenagers have their wisdom teeth removed at an early age.

How are wisdom teeth removed?

  1. Local anesthesia (usually Lidocaine) is given to numb the wisdom tooth or teeth
  2. IV sedation may be required if the wisdom teeth are impacted.
  3. If the teeth are impacted, the gum tissue is reflected back to expose the tooth structure.
  4. Instruments and drilling methods are used to section the teeth, and remove them piece by piece.
  5. After the entire tooth is removed, the area is copiously irrigated with normal saline.
  6. The gum tissue is sutured together, commonly with a dis-solvable stitch.
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How long does it take to heal after wisdom teeth removal?

You will be sore and swollen for a few days. We tell our patients that you may look like a chipmunk for a little while. The majority of the healing process takes a few weeks, with complete healing taking around 6-8 weeks.

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How Much Does It Cost To Remove Your Wisdom Teeth In Houston?

The average cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston, TX is $2,500. That is for all four wisdom teeth with IV Sedation. Prices may vary based on the treating dentist or surgeon, the complexity of your procedure, and if IV Sedation is used or not. Below is a chart showing the average prices to extract wisdom teeth in the greater Houston, TX area.

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 wisdom teeth “holes” heal after extraction?

Mainly 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.

What are some downsides if you wait too long to get your wisdom teeth removed?

Third molars can cause a host of problems inside the oral cavity, especially if they are not removed at an early age. These can include:

  • Jaw cyst formation (seen especially with impacted wisdom teeth)
  • Tumor growth inside the jaw
  • Oral and systemic infections
  • Swelling
  • Pain radiating all across the mouth
  • Tonsillitis
  • Pericoronitis (inflammation of the gum tissue overlying the gums)
  • Adjacent tooth caries leading to root canals and possible tooth extractions

As you can see it is always prudent to get your wisdom teeth removed at an early age.

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. The main medication that are prescribed typically include Ibuprofen (for pain), Amoxicillin (as an antibiotic), and Tylenol #3 (for pain). Sometimes, we will prescribe a medrol dose pack (a steroid) to help keep your swelling under control during your healing process.

What is the worst day after wisdom teeth removal?

For most patients day 3 and 4 are the most difficult days after wisdom teeth removal. These are the two days that swelling is at its maximum, which can lead to discomfort and pain during the healing process. Unfortunately, most people will just need to give their body time to heal itself after your surgery is completed.

When should wisdom teeth be removed?

Usually the best time to remove your wisdom teeth is during your mid teenage years. The teeth are easier to remove during this time, and the healing process is a lot faster. As we age, our wisdom teeth become more difficult to remove, and can lead to major sources of oral health problems such as infections and pericoronitis.

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When do wisdom teeth erupt or come in?

This also occurs mainly during your teenage years. Not all wisdom teeth erupt actually. Some wisdom teeth remain embedded in your jawbone. These are known as impacted wisdom teeth, and they may need to be removed some time in the future. Some patients may not even develop wisdom teeth during their lifetime as their growth seems to be genetic in nature. If your wisdom teeth do start to grow in, your dentist or surgeon may end up recommending them to be removed.

Is it better to be sedated or awake during wisdom teeth removal?

The majority of our patients are sedated during wisdom teeth removal. This does not mean that you cannot be awake during your procedure. But most of our patients have high anxiety levels about the procedure, and prefer to be “knocked out” during their surgery. Depending on your comfort level, you and your oral surgeon can decide whether sedation dentistry is best for you.

How long does the anesthesia last after my surgery?

Since everyone metabolizes the drugs different, 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 be sedated for your procedure.

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?

Yes they do. We recommend placing ice packs on your face for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling after your wisdom teeth are removed. After the first day, warm compresses with a heat pack are recommended. Expect to be swollen for a period of 3-7 days.

Will removing my wisdom teeth change the shape of my face?

No it will not. A lot of patients fear that their face will get slimmer or thinner after the procedure. This is not the case. Wisdom teeth, especially those that are impacted, do not dictate facial shape. Removing them will not change your appearance at all.

Should I get all my wisdom teeth removed at once?

It is usually a good idea to remove all your wisdom teeth at the same time, especially if you are going to be sedated. You do not want to go through the procedure a second time, even if it’s later on in life.

When will my stitches come out?

Sutures placed after wisdom teeth removal are dis-solvable most of the times. They are known as “gut sutures”, and most patients take comfort in that they do not need to have them removed by their surgeon after the procedure is completed. They usually come out after 7-10 days.

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Are wisdom teeth common?

Most people develop wisdom teeth some time during their life. A lot of times they erupt into the mouth, while sometimes the remain inside your jawbone and are considered to be “impacted.”

Are wisdom teeth also known as third molars?

Yes they are. Third molars are another name for wisdom teeth, whether they are erupted or impacted.

Are wisdom teeth useless like your appendix?

In most cases, wisdom teeth are non-functional, meaning they don’t actively participate in any meaningful action inside the mouth.

Some people’s wisdom teeth fully erupts into their mouths, and function just like the rest of their teeth do. At Best Dental, we recommend these patients to keep their wisdom teeth, and make sure they take care of them to prevent any cavity formation in the future.

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Are wisdom teeth genetic?

They certainly can be. Some people do not develop them at all. These people, however, are the minority. Most people do develop wisdom teeth at some point in their life.

Can wisdom teeth cause ear pain?

They can. It is usually the lower third molars that can cause pain to radiate to the ears. In these cases it will be recommend by Dr. Jasmine and her Oral Surgeon to remove your third molars, whether they are erupted or impacted.

When do wisdom teeth normally come in or erupt?

Sometimes they don’t erupt and stay impacted and embedded in your jawbones. If they do erupt you will usually notice them around the age range of 14-20.

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Can wisdom teeth cause vertigo?

Usually not. 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!