Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my wisdom teeth are coming in?
Wisdom teeth usually grow between 17 and 25 years of age. Regular visits with our dental team will help us monitor any incoming wisdom teeth. For impacted wisdom teeth or teeth trapped in the jawbone, x-ray images taken during your routine visits will allow us to assess the growth of these final molars. If you haven’t been in for a visit in some time, physical symptoms including pain in the back corners of your mouth, swelling or tenderness may be signs that your teeth are coming in.
Why do wisdom teeth require extraction?
While some patients experience healthy wisdom teeth growth, many patients will experience wisdom-tooth-related complications that lead to your dentist’s recommendation for removal. Because these teeth are the final set of permanent molars to come in, they often grow in the wrong direction due to the lack of space in the dental arch. Overcrowding and lack of adequate space for healthy growth is a common cause for removal.
Is a wisdom tooth extraction painful?
A variety of anesthetic options make the tooth extraction procedure as pain-free as possible. Before the appointment, our Champions Dental team will discuss your options for sedation and help you determine which method — either local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or IV sedation — is best for you. After the procedure, we’ll provide you with post-op guidelines that will make your recovery as smooth and as comfortable as possible.
What are some symptoms of wisdom tooth complications?
Common symptoms of wisdom tooth complications include pain in the jaw, inflammation in the gums, tenderness, the appearance of an abscess or infection, or parts of the tooth poking through the gum tissue. Any one or a combination of these symptoms may be a sign that your wisdom tooth is growing improperly. Having said that, some patients may not experience any of these symptoms for quite some time. It’s important to continue with regular visits to your dentist to monitor wisdom tooth growth and overall oral health.
What problems can arise if I do not get my wisdom teeth removed?
If your wisdom tooth is impacted (either partially or completely trapped in the jawbone) or growing in the wrong direction, a variety of dental problems can occur if left untreated. These problems include disruption in the positioning of your adjacent teeth, teeth-crowding, infection, cysts, tooth decay, or periodontal disease.
How much will it cost to get my wisdom teeth removed?
The cost of your procedure will depend on several factors, including type of anesthesia, complexity of the procedure, and coverage offered by your dental insurance provider. To determine the cost of extraction, call our Champions Dental office or schedule a consultation to discuss your wisdom tooth extraction options.
What is the recovery period like for wisdom teeth extractions?
Recovery time is unique to each patient and the specifics of their tooth extraction procedure. For more complex extractions, greater recovery time may be necessary. Typically, patients can expect 7-10 days. After your procedure, our dental team will provide you with guidelines to support your recovery and healing. This will include how to brush and/or clean the area, what foods are okay to consume, and what lifestyle activities should be avoided.