Wisdom Teeth Removal
Prevent Costly and Painful Problems in the Future
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to erupt into the mouth. Between the ages of 17 and 25, the average person typically develops four wisdom teeth; however, it is possible to develop more than four, fewer than four, or none at all.
It’s rare for wisdom teeth to develop without causing any problems. We recommend removing wisdom teeth early to prevent oral health complications and because younger patients typically have easier procedures and smoother recoveries.
The Process of Removing Wisdom Teeth
During your consultation, one of our board-certified oral surgeons will examine your condition and take all factors of your wisdom teeth into consideration when developing your individualized treatment plan, such as the number of teeth to be extracted, their stage of growth, and whether or not they are impacted. 3D CBCT scans will likely be taken during your first visit, as well as a discussion of your anesthesia and sedation options.
To prepare for your surgery, you will be given detailed pre and post-operative instructions. On the day of your surgery, your doctor will administer the selected form of anesthesia and remove the wisdom teeth. If a tooth is impacted, a small incision will be made in the gum to expose the tooth before removing it. Most patients undergo general anesthesia for this procedure, which will allow them to sleep comfortably and wake up when it’s over. Stitches will be placed, if necessary, and your pre-arranged designated driver will take you home and care for you.
3 Benefits of Having Wisdom Teeth Removed
- Prevent or Resolve Impaction. When wisdom teeth become impacted (stuck beneath the gums), they tend to cause oral health problems, such as infection, cysts, and tumors.
- Create Space. The average mouth is too small to accommodate another set of molars. Without enough space to grow in correctly, third molars can cause dental crowding, damage to nearby teeth, and more.
- Prevent Future Issues. By removing third molars early, we can prevent problems from occurring as well as prevent costly procedures or pain in the future.
How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?
Since every oral surgery treatment is unique to the patient, the cost of wisdom teeth removal varies. Our practice works hard to offer exceptional care at competitive prices for the Springfield, Decatur, Litchfield, and Jacksonville areas.