Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Jupiter, FL
From Hurting Teeth
Wisdom teeth tend to cause people more problems than any other teeth, and resolving them can be a hassle for patients who believe they have to get a referral from a general dentist before they can be removed. That’s not the case for people in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding cities in Florida! With us, patients can skip the middleman and visit South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery directly for wisdom tooth extractions in Jupiter, FL. We can perform the extraction procedure as we have countless times before, stopping annoying pain and preventing other issues from developing down the line.
Why Choose South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?
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Indications for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth may become impacted when there is not enough room in the mouth for them to erupt normally. This can lead to issues with overcrowding, as well as damage to the surrounding teeth and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth are also more difficult to clean, and may, therefore, lead to an increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease. For some, impacted wisdom teeth cause no problems whatsoever, but more often require removal to prevent or eliminate other dental issues.
Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Removal
The specifics of each individual case will be reviewed at your initial consultation. Your wisdom teeth can be removed if you have an active gum infection. Ideally, you should not smoke for at least two weeks before having your wisdom teeth removed. We understand this isn’t always possible, so a general rule is that smoking tends to slow the healing process down.
Wisdom teeth removal quite often requires general or twilight anesthesia. For this reason, you will need to refrain from eating or drinking for around 6 hours before your appointment as well as ensuring you have someone who knows you driving you home after the procedure is completed.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
You will be provided local anesthesia or IV sedation. Next, incisions will be made in your gums, allowing your doctor to access the bone that lies over the top of your tooth. This bone will then be removed to expose an impacted tooth or one that has not fully erupted. Typically, the tooth is sectioned and removed, making it possible to eliminate as little bone as possible.
If your wisdom tooth has fully erupted, it may sometimes be extracted just like any other tooth, which normally involves using forceps to loosen it from its socket or the tooth may require being sectioned into multiple pieces as well.
After Extraction of Wisdom Teeth
During your recovery period, you should:
- Keep a gauze at the operative site for the first few hours up to 24 hours. Change the pad whenever it becomes fully soaked with blood.
- Use an ice pack on your cheek two or three times each day for 20 minutes at a time.
- Rinse your mouth several times daily with warm saltwater.
- Consume only soft foods, such as gelatin or broth, adding solid foods back in gradually as your mouth begins to heal.
- Brush and floss your teeth as normal but avoid the opening where your wisdom teeth were removed.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction FAQs
We want our patients to feel as comfortable as possible going into any procedure, which is why our team is always happy to answer any questions. Below, we’ve gone ahead and addressed some of the most common questions we receive related to wisdom tooth extractions. Hopefully, you’ll find plenty of helpful information, but if there is anything else you’d like to ask, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Is a wisdom tooth extraction painful?
While any type of oral surgery may sound unpleasant, we take every step necessary to ensure a smooth, uneventful, and pain-free experience for our wisdom teeth patients. Thanks to our use of IV and general sedation, most patients end up sleeping through the entire procedure and waking up with no memory of it afterward. A person may feel a little drowsy, but they certainly won’t have to deal with pain!
How long is the recovery process after a wisdom tooth extraction?
The recovery will vary from patient to patient depending on their situation, but on average, it should take about a week before a patient’s mouth feels completely normal. Typically, a person is able to resume their normal daily activities after a day or so. Once the initial healing period is over, a patient may just need to stick to soft foods and take medication as needed.
How early can someone get a wisdom tooth extraction?
We can perform a wisdom tooth extraction as soon as they start to cause problems, or we can be even more proactive and remove them if we have good reason to believe they will cause an issue in the near future. So, we often see patients as young as 16 or 17 for wisdom tooth extractions. For parents, it’s important that they take their child to their general dentist for regular checkups so that the wisdom teeth can be monitored, and if needed, removed before they cause serious pain or damage.
Will a wisdom tooth extraction be covered by my insurance?
Most dental insurance plans provide some type of coverage for wisdom tooth extractions. This can range from 50-80% of the cost of the procedure, plus insurance can also be used to cover exams, X-rays, anesthetic, and other factors related to the treatment. If we recommend that you or your child undergo a wisdom tooth extraction, we will also discuss how we can make the treatment affordable, going over your insurance benefits and financing options. Once a payment plan is agreed upon, we can even file your claim for you so that you gain instant access to your benefits and savings.