Wisdom Teeth Removal in West Palm Beach, FL
Locations in Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Wisdom teeth tend to cause people more problems than any other teeth. Wisdom teeth problems are even more difficult for patients who must obtain a referral from a general dentist first. That’s not the case for those in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding cities in Florida, who can skip the middleman and visit South Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery directly.
What is Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Wisdom teeth are your set of third molars that appear in your late teens or early twenties. Under normal circumstances, these teeth help you chew your food and maintain the normal alignment of your other teeth. However, when they are misaligned, they may cause pressure on the surrounding nerves, leading to a great deal of discomfort. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are also more prone to infection, as bacteria can enter through the opening that occurs in your gums coupled with the wisdom teeth being in an anatomic position that is impossible to adequately clean.
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. In few cases, impacted wisdom teeth cause no problems whatsoever, but more often require removal to prevent or eliminate other dental issues.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Having problem wisdom teeth extracted can relieve pressure on the nerves, allowing you to chew and bite normally without experiencing discomfort. It also reduces the odds of a serious infection creating problems with any of your other teeth.
What is the Procedure for 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.
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.
Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal
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 salt water.
- 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.
A blood clot forms over your wound within the first 24 hours. Sucking on a straw or puffing on a cigarette can cause this blood clot to come loose, leading to what is known as a dry socket. Should you develop a dry socket, your recovery will be delayed, and you will experience more discomfort than usual. However, this is a self-solving condition[0 and should resolve itself within 3 to 5 days.
How much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost in Jupiter?
Our benefits coordinator will serve as a liaison between you and your insurance company to determine what if any benefits are available, as well as what your copay and deductible amounts are. Once we have determined your out-of-pocket costs, we will then discuss our many payment options, which include cash, personal check, and major credit cards.
Many of our patients are also able to afford treatment by applying for CareCredit® financing. CareCredit® is in itself a credit card that can be used at leading healthcare providers such as dentists, optometrists, and general practitioners. This makes it a great option if you are considering treatment from more than one provider. Even those with less-than-perfect credit scores are often approved for CareCredit® and are able to obtain payment plans they can easily fit into their monthly budget.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
You will undergo an oral examination, which may include taking X-rays of your mouth. At that time, one of our surgeons will determine if it is necessary to remove all of your wisdom teeth, the extent of the procedure, and the anesthesia option recommended. The appropriate instructions will then be given to you concerning preparation.
If your wisdom teeth are giving you problems, you no doubt want help as quickly as possible. Don’t put off getting treatment. Visit South Florida Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today! We gladly accept new patients from throughout Palm Beach County, including the cities of Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach. Contact us now!