Many people do not even think about their wisdom teeth unless they are sore coming in, the dentist tells you they need to be brushed better or they need to be removed. As we head into summer (the most popular time to get them removed), we wanted to help you with all the background information you need to know as you research your options.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are your very last molars that come in typically when you are 14-22 years old. The interesting thing is that not everyone has them or you may only have one or two. Also, they may not erupt through the gums ever but show up on X-Rays.
Why Some Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed
Some people are able to keep their wisdom teeth and can keep them clean without having any issues. Others begin to cause pain and need to be extracted. This can happen as a result of:
- Teeth become impacted
- Overcrowding of the teeth
- Erupting at the wrong angle
- Inflammation/Infection of gums around wisdom tooth (pericoronitis)
- Cavities on wisdom teeth and/or cavities on second molars in front of them – sometimes untreated wisdom tooth issues will cause you to lose your second molar too!
How Long Does it Take to Recover?
The procedure to remove the teeth is a rather quick one and typically the individual can be recovered in two to five days. It is important to make sure you brush and floss your teeth well leading up to your appointment as post-surgery it will be a few days before you can fully do this again.
How Much Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost?
Many also are curious about the cost. It can vary significantly depending on how many teeth are actually being removed and what stage of impaction they are in. It does average between $350-$500 per tooth. Most patients prefer sedation for the procedure, and the cost can vary depending on the type of sedation (Moderate vs. Deep). If you are considering having your or your child’s wisdom teeth removed, give us a call for a consultation and we can give you a better idea of the cost.
Questions? Contact Us.
Give us a call to schedule a consultation. We’re happy to talk with you and explain all the steps for your wisdom teeth.