Wisdom Teeth Removal

Having your wisdom teeth extracted may seem like a rite of passage, but that’s not always the case. Depending on the shape of your mouth, size of teeth, and the position of your third molars, a wisdom teeth removal procedure is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Do you need your wisdom teeth removed?Proactive wisdom tooth removal can help to reduce the risk of problems like:

  •   Crowded teeth
  •   Pain
  •   TMJ problems
  •   Irregular tooth wear
  •   Infection
  •   Tooth decay
  •   Gum disease
  •   Cysts
  •   Damage to adjacent teeth

Due to their position in the bone and against adjacent teeth, wisdom teeth can harm the healthy teeth next to them. Additionally, third molars are quite difficult to keep clean. So even if you have generally good oral hygiene, it’s possible that your wisdom teeth may develop an infection. Instead of treating them with gum infection therapy or a filling, it’s typically the standard of care to have the teeth removed for proactive purposes.

 

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth can become impacted if they’re growing at an angle or there isn’t enough space for them to erupt. Often, they wedge themselves into neighboring teeth or the bone. This position can create pain or cysts, as well as physical damage to the next tooth. 

If you previously completed orthodontic treatment, the pressure of impacted wisdom teeth may press hard enough that it causes your bite to start crowding again. To prevent orthodontic relapse, it could be recommended for your wisdom teeth to be removed.

  

Your Wisdom Tooth Exam

If you suspect that you or your teen may have impacted wisdom teeth, the first step is to call Moorehead Family Dentistry. Our Batavia and Blue Ash dentists will examine you to evaluate your oral anatomy and dental history. We’ll also take an X-ray to pinpoint your wisdom tooth size, position, and location.

Once we have an X-ray on hand, we’ll have a better idea as to whether your wisdom tooth (or teeth) need to be extracted.

  

About Wisdom Teeth

Most people have four wisdom teeth, with one in each quadrant of their mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left.) They are the last set of teeth to develop. Although they start forming in childhood, typical wisdom teeth don’t start to come through the gums until the late teen years or into a person’s 20s. In the majority of cases, wisdom teeth are fully developed by the time you turn 30.

Believe it or not, some people have missing or extra wisdom teeth! While most people have four total, it’s not uncommon to only have three or up to five or six!

 

Oral Surgery in Blue Ash, Batavia and Lebanon

Surgical wisdom tooth extractions are typically completed under sedation, ensuring a seamless procedure and ultimate comfort for our patients. At Moorehead Family Dentistry, we’re able to provide IV sedation during wisdom tooth removal and other types of surgical procedures (such as dental implant placement.) This sedation option ensures you feel as relaxed as possible and unlikely to remember anything about the procedure!

 

Cost of Wisdom Tooth Surgery

We work closely with your insurance provider to ensure minimal out-of-pocket costs related to your dental treatments. At the time of your exam, our treatment coordinators will create a customized care plan that outlines all of the fees associated with your procedure.

No dental insurance? No problem! We offer a private in-house savings plan for you to enjoy similar coverage to insurance but without the middleman.  You can apply at any time and start taking advantage of the included benefits as soon as the same day.

  

Wisdom Tooth Exams

If you have a teen or suspect that you have an impacted wisdom tooth, call Moorehead Family Dentistry today to request an exam. One of our dentists in Batavia or Blue Ash will be happy to meet with you and answer any questions that you have. Contact us today to get started!