Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last set of molars to develop in a person’s mouth. They typically emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 and often lead to oral health problems for many individuals. To determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, we can visually examine them (if they have already erupted) or employ X-ray imaging.
At Moorehead Dentistry, we offer wisdom teeth removal services at our Cincinnati, Batavia, and Lebanon offices, and prioritize your comfort during the procedure. We provide various dental sedation options to ensure a pain-free experience. We take every precaution to ensure our patients’ comfort when we remove wisdom teeth. When we extract lower wisdom teeth, we use Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to speed up the healing process. In this procedure, blood is drawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge, and then a platelet-rich fibrin membrane is inserted into the sockets. The application of PRP results in a reduction in the occurrence of dry socket and encourages quicker healing.
We accept most major insurance providers, including Medicaid, for this particular procedure. To schedule a consultation, you can either call our office or conveniently book an appointment online through the provided link.
What Is IV Sedation?
We offer dental sedation through IV sedation. IV sedation is most commonly used at Moorehead Dentistry for surgical procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal.
This is the safest method of sedation because the medications can be tailored to each patient’s levels extremely quickly.
- Twilight sedation (almost asleep)
- Able to breathe on your own
- Likely to not remember the procedure
- Able to respond to commands but unaware of procedure happening
- Must have a driver
- Must fast the night before
*We accept most major insurance providers, including Medicaid, for this particular procedure.
Step 1: At-Home Prep
Please adhere to the following guidelines before your IV sedation procedure:
- Refrain from consuming any food, beverages, mints, or gum for a minimum of 6 hours before your procedure.
- Arrange for a companion to accompany you to the office, stay with you throughout the procedure, and drive you home afterward.
- Wear a comfortable, loose-fitting short-sleeve shirt.
- If you have applied nail polish, please remove it from one finger to ensure accurate measurement of pulse oxygen levels.
Step 2: Office Prep
- For patients who are 18 years old or younger, it is necessary to have a guardian present to sign a consent form.
- Before the procedure, we will thoroughly review your medical history. Additionally, one of our dentists will meet with you to address any questions or concerns you may have before the procedure.
Step 3: Recovery
- Once you are in the recovery phase, we will inform the person accompanying you and guide them to your assigned room. We will also review the recovery instructions with them.
- A staff member will remain present to address any further questions you may have before you leave our office. Additionally, printed recovery instructions will be provided for you to take home.
- Upon arriving home, we highly recommend resting and applying ice to the affected area. It is advisable to begin taking your pain medication before the numbness subsides.
- You may sometimes experience temporary tingling sensations in the lips, chin, and tongue, ranging from mild to severe. If this tingling persists beyond a day, please contact our office.
Length of Procedure
- Wisdom teeth extraction typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes
- The degree of impaction, the curvature of the root, or level of infection with determine the length of the procedure
- Consultation, procedure, and in-office recovery can expect to be a total of 1.5 to 2 hours
What To Know About Eating & Drinking
Hours After Procedure
- Avoid hot liquids and alcoholic beverages
- Do not use a straw for two weeks after your procedure
Day After Procedure
- Begin eating solid foods the next day or as soon as you can chew comfortably
- For the first few days, try to chew food on the side opposite the extraction site
- When it feels comfortable, you should resume chewing on both sides of your mouth
- We recommend warm salt water rinses to keep the extraction site clean
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The cost depends on how many wisdom teeth the patient needs to be removed and the degree to which they are impacted. Typical cases can range from $1,604 to $2,988 which includes IV sedation as well as the extractions.
How do I know if my wisdom teeth need removed?
While every patient is different, there are some common signs that indicate the need to have your wisdom teeth removed. These signs include:
- Impaction, i.e., if the tooth is stuck under the gums or is completely hidden. If wisdom teeth aren’t able to emerge normally, they can become trapped within your jaw which an result in infection or cause a cyst that can damage other teeth or roots.
- Changing bite alignment—wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes horizontally, this can cause a change in your bit alignment.
- Crowding or damage to existing teeth caused by wisdom teeth not having enough room to come in properly.
- Emerging only partially—if your wisdom teeth are only partially emerged through the gums it can cause a magnet for bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infection.
Many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth at an early age, before the roots and bone are fully formed and when recovery is faster.
How do I relieve wisdom tooth pain?
As wisdom teeth grow up through your jawbone and begin to break through your gum line, they may become inflamed or bleed. This can cause headaches or tooth pain. Here are some remedies to relieve wisdom tooth pain:
1. Rinse with saltwater
2. Use peppermint essential oils or clover oil to soothe pain
3. Take aspirin or an over the counter pain reliever
4. Apply an ice pack or heating pad to your cheeks
What is an impacted wisdom tooth?
When a wisdom tooth doesn’t have enough room to come in normally, it is considered an impacted wisdom tooth. There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth depending on where the teeth lie within the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when the crown of the tooth has penetrated through the bone, but the gum is still covering part of the tooth. When the tooth has partially erupted, but a part of the tooth remains submerged in the jawbone, this is considered partially bony impaction. Complete bony impaction occurs when the tooth is entirely encased by jawbone.
How long does it take to heal after wisdom teeth removal?
For most patients, it takes anywhere between 4 days and 2 weeks to heal from the procedure. During this time, you may experience swelling and pain, and should ensure that you are getting plenty of rest to quicken the healing process. There are things that can lengthen the healing process, such as smoking, using straws, and not keeping proper oral hygiene.
Your Comfort is Our Priority
We offer a variety of dental services to detect, diagnose, and treat dental issues while keeping your comfort a priority at all times. Learn more about our services or make an appointment with us today.