Do I have to get my wisdom teeth out if they don’t hurt?
The decision to get your wisdom teeth extracted is entirely up to you and your dentist. Many people make the decision to remove their wisdom teeth because their erupting teeth are causing significant amount of pain, crowding, and other issues. Others decide to remove their wisdom teeth because the extra molar makes cleaning and flossing their teeth more difficult and may lead to frequent infections and cysts. If you don’t have any wisdom tooth pain or complications, you still may wish to consider having your third molars removed. Over time, wisdom teeth can damage your gums, teeth, roots, and even jawbone. In addition, removing wisdom teeth is easier when you are younger, before the surrounding bone has hardened and before the roots are fully developed.
When should I get my wisdom teeth removed?
The best time to remove wisdom teeth is during the teen years. This always translates to less pain and swelling, a faster recovery, and fewer complications like infection. Getting your wisdom teeth out earlier rather than later may mean saving your teeth from crowding, infection, damage, and decay. Choosing an earlier extraction date may also mean an easier procedure, since the roots of wisdom teeth don’t fully develop for several years. In addition, getting your wisdom teeth out before they begin causing problems with your surrounding teeth and mouth can save you discomfort and money.
Can’t my regular dentist remove my wisdom teeth?
Yes, some general dentists do remove wisdom teeth. However, some dentists prefer to refer their patients to an oral surgeon for a variety of reasons. For example, an oral surgeon may be a better choice if the tooth extraction is complicated or if the patient wishes to have general anesthesia.
Will I have to miss work or school to get my wisdom teeth removed?
Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most people miss one or two days of school or work after their procedure. You may notice swelling, soreness, and tenderness for several more days after your surgery.
Will my wisdom tooth extraction be covered by my insurance?
Most dental insurance plans cover wisdom tooth extraction, but it is important to remember that all dental insurance policies are different and that you should consult your insurance contract or call your insurance company to confirm your coverage. In some cases, your medical health insurance may cover a wisdom tooth extraction. At the Surgical Arts Center, our staff is happy to help answer all of your insurance-related questions.
How expensive is wisdom tooth removal?
The cost of wisdom tooth removal is variable. For example, the cost depends upon how many wisdom teeth you are having removed, whether they are erupted or impacted, and whether there are any other complicating factors. Cost also varies depending upon which type of anesthesia or sedation you choose. After our surgeon has examined your teeth and taken x-rays, we will give you a cost estimate. The Surgical Arts Centre is a participating provider with all of the major insurance companies in our area, assuring patients the best use of their insurance benefits. Out of respect for the fact that we live in an economically depressed area, we also strive to keep our fees as low as possible for patients without insurance.
Will I be asleep when my wisdom teeth are removed? Will it hurt?
Most patients choose to be asleep during wisdom tooth removal. Having this option available insures the procedure will be a comfortable experience. You will consult with your physician to determine which type of anesthesia is right for you and your procedure. After your procedure is over, you may feel some swelling and discomfort. These feelings, which will subside in the coming hours and days, may be treated with pain medication.