Third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, develop in the back of the mouth between the ages of 17–25. Some people develop all four molars, while others develop more or less than four or none at all. There are already second molars, which chew food, making third molars unnecessary for your mouth to function. By having wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible, you protect your oral health by preventing many issues from having the chance to occur. Most patients undergo general anesthesia for wisdom teeth extraction.
Dr. Salin, Dr. Weiner, Dr. Semanoff, and Dr. Nack are board-certified oral surgeons who perform wisdom tooth extractions in the comfort of our surgical suites in Feasterville-Trevose, Newtown, and Abington, PA. We make the wisdom teeth removal process seamless and ensure your comfort at every step. Contact Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants today to schedule a wisdom teeth consultation for you or your child.
Some wisdom teeth fully erupt into the dental arch, while others remain trapped beneath the gums. These teeth are called impacted wisdom teeth, and they pose a great risk to your oral health.
A wisdom tooth may be partially impacted (a portion of it pokes through the gums) or fully impacted (none of the tooth is visible). Partially impacted teeth are magnets for cavity-causing bacteria and are difficult to brush and floss thoroughly. This increases your risk of developing infection and cysts or tumors forming around the tooth.
A fully impacted wisdom tooth threatens the health of adjacent teeth. It can damage other teeth roots or facial nerves and push your teeth out of alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth often cause pain and because their path of eruption is blocked, these teeth must be surgically removed.
Untreated wisdom teeth can damage other molars, push teeth out of position, and cause bite problems. Third molars often cause ongoing pain, which is immediately remedied by having them removed. Some patients develop wisdom teeth without issues, but this is rare. The average adult mouth does not have room for an extra set of molars, and leaving them untreated puts your oral health at risk. Complications like dental overcrowding, impaction, infection, jaw pain, and more can all be avoided by having wisdom teeth extracted early.
It may be time to have your wisdom teeth extracted if you experience any of the following symptoms:
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, we encourage you to contact our practice today for an evaluation.
At Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we walk you through every step of your care so you know exactly what to expect. We take detailed 3D scans of your mouth to assess the size and position of wisdom teeth and offer many anesthesia options to choose from, including local anesthesia, IV anesthesia, laughing gas, and general anesthesia. Most patients undergo IV anesthesia for wisdom teeth extraction.
On the day of your procedure, we will administer the selected form of anesthesia. Once it has taken effect, your surgeon will remove any erupted teeth using forceps. To remove impacted teeth, your surgeon will make an incision in the gums to access the tooth and carefully remove it. We may section the molar into smaller pieces to make removal easier. Sutures are placed as needed and your prearranged driver will take you home to begin the healing process.
The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed depends on how many wisdom teeth you have, your insurance, your choice of anesthesia, and the overall complexity of surgery. Our staff will let you know how much your wisdom teeth removal will cost during your first visit. We accept many payment methods and financing options to help you afford the care you need. To find out how much your wisdom teeth removal procedure would cost, contact our practice to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants has three offices northeast of Philadelphia to serve our patients. We look forward to improving the oral health and comfort of you and your loved ones through the highest level of oral surgery care. Contact the office nearest you to learn more about wisdom teeth removal.
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We recommend a consultation for teenagers around the age of 15 or 16 to discuss wisdom teeth removal. At this age, the teeth are easier to remove and younger patients tend to recover faster. As third molars grow, they become more firmly embedded in the jaw bone, which may require more extensive surgery to have them removed. Our surgeons extract wisdom teeth for all ages.
By using anesthesia and sedation, we can ensure your comfort during oral surgery. You can expect some level of discomfort following any type of procedure, but this post-surgical pain or swelling will subside quickly. Your implants will not cause pain or discomfort after they have healed.
Most patients return to work or school 1–3 days after wisdom teeth surgery. After your procedure, your primary focus is to rest and recover. Take as much time as you need so that your body can rest and recover quickly.
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot forming inside an empty tooth socket becomes dislodged. This condition is quite painful, as the underlying nerves and bone are exposed. To prevent dry socket, do not use a straw or smoke for several days after surgery, as the sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot. When you brush your teeth, use caution around the surgical sites.
For over 50 years, we have had the privilege of serving our communities with the highest level of oral surgery care. We love what we do, and we look forward to providing you and your loved ones with an outstanding patient experience and incredible results.
Administered through a syringe, a local anesthetic numbs only the surgical site. The effects can last up to several hours. We often pair local anesthesia with another type of anesthesia or sedation.
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. It provides mild sedation and pain relief and is often combined with other options, such as oral sedation, for optimal effect.
General anesthesia will render you totally unconscious. This option is reserved for complex surgeries such as orthognathic surgery or facial reconstruction.
Your surgeon will inject the sedative into the vein, which will render you into a semi-conscious state. Also called twilight sedation or twilight dentistry, this option is ideal for extensive procedures or highly anxious patients.