We offer special pricing to help get patients get a painful tooth extracted. An exam, x-ray and extraction package for $249 per tooth for non-wisdom teeth and an exam, panoramic x-ray and wisdom tooth extraction package for $400 per tooth.
Do I need my Wisdom Teeth Out?
Wisdom teeth are also known as third molars because they are the third and final set of molars in the back of your mouth. They usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, but they are visible on X-rays and can be removed beginning around age 15. Many people have them removed for one of the following reasons:
They are impacted in your jawbone or gums, which can be painful. Wisdom teeth are so far back in your mouth, they may not erupt normally.
They are coming in at the wrong angle, and they are pressing against your second molar in front of it. If you have a smaller mouth, your jaw has no room for a third set of molars.
If you have cavities or gum disease on your third molars. You may not be able to reach your wisdom teeth with your toothbrush or dental floss and keep them healthy.
What Happens If I Don’t Have Them Removed?
The reason we remove wisdom teeth in many cases is preventative. To prevent them from damaging the teeth next door (your second molars) if they are erupting at the wrong angle. When wisdom teeth come in sideways it can creates an area where food gets caught between the teeth and decays both of the teeth. If a dentist recommends wisdom tooth extraction and you decide to skip the surgery, it’s likely to cause complications and issues with other teeth down the road.
If your wisdom teeth don’t erupt and you leave them in, there is a chance that the epithelial lining around the wisdom tooth will form a cyst. Removing the tooth and the cyst is an invasive and expensive procedure.
When is the Best Time to Get your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
The ideal timing for extraction is before the root is fully formed or after the tooth has erupted. For wisdom teeth that look as if they may be impacted or coming in at the wrong angle the best time to extract the tooth is before the roots have fully developed. If the wisdom tooth has an adequate path of eruption you can wait until the tooth has erupted prior to extraction so that the tooth does not have to be cut out.
Keep your head elevated when you sleep for the first three days. Never let your head drop below your heart for the first three days. Do not drink out of a straw, swish, or spit. You can and should sip on cold water, but do not spit or swish as all of those things make you prone to a dry socket.
You may get some blood oozing from the wound on the first day after the procedure, but don’t spit it out! Spitting can cause a dry socket by dislodging the blood clot that forms inside the extraction site.
DO NOT SMOKE for 48-72 hours. Smoking is the #1 cause of dry socket. Smoking places strong chemicals that kill cells directly into an open wound. It also causes dry socket due to the sucking motion made during inhalation.
Ice packs on the outside of the cheek are very helpful to decrease swelling. I wouldn’t recommend brushing your teeth for two days after the surgery. Drink lots of water as staying hydrated is essential to your body’s recovery process. No solid foods for the first 24 hours, and after 24 hours you can start to incorporate soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, and pasta.
You can start rinsing with salt water after 48 hours, but do so very gently and do not swish or spit. Saltwater does promote healing, but it can also disturb the site and create a dry socket. Any activity even mildly strenuous can dislodge the blood clot in the wound, causing exposed bone and a painful dry socket.