Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery • Dr. Raymond J. Haigney II • 9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
9727 Northcross Center Ct. Huntersville, NC 28078 • (704) 987-3132
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom tooth extraction refers to a procedure wherein one or multiple wisdom teeth are extracted. Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) typically appear between the ages of 17-25 and are the last teeth to erupt, although not everyone will develop wisdom teeth. For those who do develop wisdom teeth, an extraction will typically be required when the tooth or teeth become impacted, which can cause pain and increase the risk of additional issues developing. The extraction can be performed by either a dentist or oral surgeon.
At Lake Norman Oral & Facial Surgery, we offer a full range of oral and maxillofacial surgical Wisdom Teeth Extractions, specializing in facial reconstruction, facial surgery, corrective jaw surgery, obstructive sleep apnea, and wisdom tooth removal. If you would like to learn more about our services, or schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth extractions, contact us today. New patients are welcome and a referral from another doctor is not required.
Risks of Keeping Wisdom Teeth
Patients commonly ask if it is possible to simply keep their wisdom teeth, especially when no issues have developed. Although this ultimately the patient’s choice, current research indicates that 80% of all wisdom teeth will need to be removed. Given this high percentage, and because early removal helps decrease surgical risk and eliminates certain related issues from developing, removal is generally encouraged.
Potential issues that can develop if wisdom teeth are not removed include:
- When there is not enough area for the wisdom teeth, they can become impacted, meaning they are not able to erupt fully. When this occurs, the area where the tooth is impacted becomes more prone to infections.
- Wisdom teeth can cause crowding to surrounding teeth, which will result in a change to your bite and the surrounding teeth to became altered from their proper position
- Lower wisdom teeth develop a root system that is in the shape of hook, and the longer they remain, the harder and more painful it becomes to extract them.
In addition to these potential issues, wisdom teeth are also generally more prone to periodontitis and decay
because they are so difficult to reach and practice consistent brushing and flossing.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions Process
Prior to having your wisdom teeth extracted, you will need to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled professionals, during which an evaluation will be performed to determine what options are available to you and which approach best aligns with your specific goals.
If it is determined that your wisdom teeth do need to be extracted, a follow up appointment will be scheduled to perform the surgery. Prior to beginning the surgical extraction, patients will typically be provided with a local and general anesthesia. Before administering this, your dentist will discuss the surgical risks involved, such as sinus complications or sensory nerve damage.
Once the patient is properly numbed, the extraction process will begin with an incision being made in the gum tissue, which will expose the bone and the tooth. Next, your dentist will remove any bone that is blocking access to the root. Once this is complete, they will begin to divide the tooth, as it is easier to remove in pieces. Once it has been extracted, your gums will be sutured shut and a gauze will be placed for the patient to bite on to help stop the bleeding.
With the surgery complete, you will be given some time to rest before you leave. You will also be given postoperative instructions and typically antibiotics and/or a pain medication prescription.
Following this final step, your wisdom tooth extractions will be complete and you can go home and begin the recovery process.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Aftercare
In addition to carefully following the postoperative instructions that are provided for you, the best way to continue enjoying the benefits of your extraction is to practice good oral health habits every day. By maintaining these regular self-care habits, you will reduce the likelihood of developing issues in the future.
- Brushing: The best way to remove plague, prevent decay, and prevent issues from developing is to brush and clean your teeth at least twice daily. To achieve maximum results, be sure your toothbrush is the appropriate size and shape to fit your mouth and allows you to reach all areas of the mouth easily.
- Flossing: Patients who floss regularly significantly reduce the likelihood of developing periodontal disease. For patients who have an aversion to flossing, interdental cleaners may be a better alternative.
- Additional Supports: In addition to brushing and flossing every day, patients who regularly use mouth wash, avoid sweetened beverages and/or use a straw while drinking sweetened beverages, and who swish their mouth with water following every meal enjoy improved oral health and reduce the chance of developing tooth decay.
- Regular Dental Checkups: While practicing good self-care at home is critical, it is also important to schedule regular dental exams every six months. In doing so, your dentist can perform deep cleanings and address issues before they develop into something worse.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Extractions
The cost of wisdom teeth extractions will be determined by a variety of factors, such as the severity of your condition, how many teeth are being extracted, any unique oral or health issues you have that may complicate the procedure, and what type of dental insurance plan you have. Our office will file your claim, handle the paperwork, and ensure you maximize your insurance reimbursement. The remaining balance following your insurance coverage will be your responsibility.
Prior to performing the procedure, we will discuss the expected cost, as well as payment plan options that are available to you, such as Lending Club and Care Credit, which offer 6 and 12 month interest-free payment plans.
Schedule Your Appointment
At Lake Norman Oral and Facial Surgery, we are committed to treating our patients the way we would expect to be treated. Because Dr. Haigney is a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, you can be confident you will receive care that implements the latest dental advancements and is informed by current research and best practices, resulting in you achieving the results you deserve.
To schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction appointment or consultation, contact our staff at (704) 255-5888 or request an appointment online