What are the signs of my wisdom teeth coming in?
If you notice discomfort, redness, or swelling in the area behind your back molars, or an unpleasant taste or smell in the mouth, see a dental professional right away for an oral exam. You may be suffering from an impacted or infected wisdom tooth. Often, there are no indications at all that wisdom teeth are developing or erupting, and this is why dental professionals recommend tracking the development of wisdom teeth during regular dental exams.
Will my wisdom teeth extraction hurt?
The surgeons at Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists of Iowa will generally administer a combination of local anesthetic and IV sedation for a wisdom teeth removal procedure. This type of sedation will cause the patient to fall into a sleep-like state. There will be no sensation of pain or awareness of the procedure taking place. Your oral surgeon will likely prescribe a pain medication to control any post-surgery discomfort, but you may find that it is not needed.
What is the cost of wisdom teeth removal?
The cost of your wisdom teeth removal depends on a few factors such as the number of wisdom teeth that will be removed, the type of anesthesia that is chosen, insurance coverage, the difficulty of the extraction, and more. The best way to find out what your fee will be for wisdom teeth removal is to call Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists of Iowa to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. Early removal of wisdom teeth can save time and money in the future.
Are wisdom teeth always extracted?
Not always. However, in most cases, the human jaw does not have enough space for wisdom teeth to grow in without causing oral health problems, which is why dental professionals recommend that these molars be removed early, before they start to problems. To find out if your or your child’s wisdom teeth are going to cause problems in the mouth, you will want to schedule an oral exam with a dental professional to have diagnostic images taken. Early diagnosis could save you time, money, and discomfort later.
Why do oral surgeons extract wisdom teeth? Couldn’t I just go to a dentist?
Since early removal is recommended, wisdom teeth will often be removed from beneath the gum tissue and overlying bone. This type of oral surgery is more complex than a routine tooth extraction that could be done by a family dentist and must be performed by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have additional years of training in surgery and anesthesia to safely remove wisdom teeth as well as address the complications that can arise.
How long is the average recovery time after wisdom teeth removal?
We find that most of our patients can comfortably return to school or work two to four days after their wisdom teeth removal procedure.
What dietary restrictions must I follow, and for how long?
A soft diet is recommended for at least three days following a wisdom teeth removal procedure. Your normal diet can be gradually introduced after this time. Be sure to avoid smoking and the use of a straw during the recovery period indicated by your oral surgeon.
Where can I have my wisdom teeth removed?
If you have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal or are suffering from complications due to your wisdom teeth, please give Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists of Iowa a call to schedule a consultation. You will be in excellent hands with Drs. Morgan and Morio!
We are pleased to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to give Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists of Iowa a call at (319) 743-0077.