Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems.
Cost of wisdom teeth removal - Extration
As of 2016, our cost range from $200 to $500 per tooth for surgical wisdom teeth removal. This includes the cost of local anesthesia and follow visits. On average, the patient can expect to spend about $1,400 for four wisdom teeth removal. The cost depends on the nature of the surgical extraction. Intravenous (IV) sedation available.
Many dental insurance companies cover part or all of the cost of wisdom teeth removal. If your are without insurance (no insurance) we have playment plans available that will work for your budget.
Why do wisdom teeth sometimes require removal ?
If wisdom teeth are causing a problem, this could mean that they are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. Symptoms are easy to spot: pain, inflammation, and some kinds of infections.
Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one's ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.
When to remove wisdom teeth?
Removal of wisdom teeth is important when the teeth have no room in the mouth to grow. The following symptoms may indicate that the wisdom teeth have erupted and surfaced, and should be removed before they become impacted. However, symptoms may differ from one another and they include:
- infection in the mouth
- swelling of face
- swelling of the gumline in the back of the mouth
Most dentists will recommend an immediate removal of the wisdom tooth, as early removal so as to avoid problems, such as an impacted tooth that destroys the second molar. According to the American Academy of General Dentistry, third molar impaction is the most prevalent medical developmental disorder.
How Is the Wisdom Teeth Removal Done?
The process of Wisdom tooth extraction or removal is simple and widespread. The gravity of procedure depends on the number of teeth that are being removed. The duration of the procedure generally lasts for a couple of hours. It begins with local anesthesia being injected to the affected area which makes the place numb and the patients are spared with the sensation of pain. Then the trained dentist removes the bones and gum covering the tooth. After the tooth is removed stitches are required to close the wounds. The number of stitches required varies from person to person. The recovery time is a couple of days after the surgery.
Risks associated with wisdom tooth removal
- Pain (Intravenous IV sedation available)
- Lower lip insensitivity
- Persistent sinus opening
- Temporary or permanent numbness
- Cost of extraction
What Are Potential Wisdom Teeth Removal Complications
Two of the most significant complications include:
Paresthesia: It is a less frequently occurring complication. Wisdom teeth entrapped in the jawbone are sometimes close to nerves. These nerves can be bruised or damaged during the tooth removal process. The result is a numbness (called a paresthesia) of the tongue, lip or chin that can last a few days, weeks, months or may even be permanent.
Dry socket: It is a complication of wound healing following extraction of a tooth. It occurs when either a blood clot has failed to form in the extracted tooth socket or else the blood clot that did form has been dislodged. If clotting doesn't occur, healing will be delayed. When it happens, dry socket typically occurs 3 or 4 days after the extraction and is accompanied by pain (ranging from "dull" to moderate to severe) and a foul mouth odor. It will heal and recover with time but your dentist can surely help you out. These usually consist of rinsing the inflamed socket gently followed by placing some type of sedative dressing, which soothes the inflamed bone for a period of time and promotes healing.
Intravenous Conscious Sedation ("Twilight Sedation") for Wisdom Teeth Removal
We offer our patients the option of Intravenous conscious Sedation or Dental Intravenous Anesthesia or to some it is referred to as "Twilight Sedation" for their dental treatment. Intravenous conscious Sedation or "twilight sleep" helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can be completed under intravenous conscious sedation. Intravenous conscious sedation or "IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental surgical procedures while you are sedated; it will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed.
How is the IV Sedation Administered for Wisdom Teeth Removal
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication like versed will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable.
The goal of IV conscious sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. It is very safe, much safer than oral sedation. With IV conscious sedation a constant "drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. Along with IV sedation there are also other different "levels” of sedation available to you in our office including nitrous oxide gas analgesia.Wisdom teethWhen Should You Get a CT-Scan For Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
Wisdom Teeth removal with Xanax
Taking Xanax before wisdom teeth removal is a common practice to produce clinically significant anxiolysis. Taking 0.75-mg and 0.50-mg doses, but not the 0.25-mg dose, of Xanax make patients struggled occasionally with recalling words or names. Xanax is given to significantly decrease moderate to high anxiety during wisdom teeth surgery.
Xanax has a fast onset of action. Ninety percent of peak effects are achieved within the first hour of taking Xanax and full peak effects are achieved in 1.5 and 1.6 hours respectively.
Patients should be cautious when taking Xanax after wisdom teeth removal due to the possibility of increased susceptibility to side-effects, especially loss of coordination and drowsiness.
Wisdom Teeth Payments Options and Financing.
Should the cost of removing wisdom teeth prove prohibitive for an individual, there are options to consider that can wisdom teeth removal within reach. We have found that LendingClub online application is fast and easy. It takes just minutes, with no impact to your credit score. You can instantly review the loan offers that you qualify for, and you'll never need to visit a branch to complete your application.
LendingClub can finance up to $4,000 and more for all four wisdom teeth removal. All LendingClub financing payment plans feature an affordable fixed rate, which means your monthly payment will never increase. In addition, you can prepay your loan at any time and there's never a prepayment penalty or fee.
With this type of dental financing plan, patients can break up the total cost of the procedure into a series of monthly payments. Click on the LendingClub logo above to find out more.
When Should You Get a CT-Scan For Wisdom Teeth Removal?
A CT-scan provides more detailed information about the position of wisdom teeth and their proximity to nerves and sinuses. While not indicated routinely for wisdom teeth, this type of image is helpful for patients who have severe or deeply impacted wisdom teeth and when your dentist is concerned about proximity to nerves, sinuses, or cysts. Although rare, any irritation to the nerve that passes under the lower wisdom teeth, can lead to a period of numbness along the lip and chin area. In most cases, this condition is temporary and resolves gradually in six to eight weeks. Only in rare instances, it may become more prolonged or permanent. Recently, cone beam CT-scan (CBCT) machines like I-CAT have become more readily available in dental offices. With less cost and significantly less radiation, CT-scan is being used more often instead of a panoramic X-ray.
The i-CAT Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging System allows us to provide quick, comfortable, and effective dental imaging for a precise wisdom teeth diagnosis. i-CAT special features include:
- 8 or 23 second scan that provides enough data for a complete all-on-4 treatment.
- A safer diagnosis with less radiation than traditional CT scanners.
- Increased comfort — patients are seated in an open environment with plenty of space
- A more cost-effective imaging system.
- We can easily share the data with patients, so patients stay informed and are able to make educated decisions on their course of treatment.
Our office is pleased to offer i-CAT 3D Cone Beam imaging for patients receiving wisdom teeth extraction treatment. Come and see for yourself what it's like to receive an advanced, patient-friendly 3D scan.