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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Frequently Asked Questions – Houston, TX

At What Age Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

young woman at dentistMany people have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17 and 25 before the bone develops to the point where extraction may be more difficult. However, there are no set-in-stone rules for when the teeth should be removed. Patients older than 25 often have successful extraction procedures.

examining dental x-ray What Factors Should I Consider When I’m Deciding Whether to Get My Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Keep in mind that wisdom teeth extractions in Houston aren’t necessary for everyone. When deciding whether you should undergo this procedure, you should listen to your dentist’s advice. If they believe that your third molars are currently posing a threat to your oral health, or that they may do so in the near future, extraction is likely the wisest choice.

Some patients have their wisdom teeth removed as a purely preventive measure. If you are thinking about doing this, be sure to thoroughly discuss the risks and rewards of the procedure with an experienced oral surgeon before you make your final decision.

man with toothache What Symptoms Indicate that I Might Need Wisdom Teeth Extractions?

Some signs that indicate you should visit your dentist to discuss wisdom teeth extractions include:

  • Soreness in the jaw
  • Gum problems around the wisdom teeth
  • Pain in the wisdom teeth or the teeth next to them
  • Difficulty keeping the wisdom teeth clean

relaxed dental patient Is the Extraction Surgery Painful?

Thanks to local anesthesia and sedation, you can expect to feel nothing during the extraction surgery. However, you’re likely to experience some swelling and soreness afterward. Your oral surgeon in Houston will give you detailed post-operative instructions that will help to minimize your discomfort and make your recovery as smooth and efficient as possible. You should be back to feeling like your old self within one to two weeks.

How Much Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost?

The cost for the oral surgery in Houston to have your wisdom teeth removed will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • How many of your wisdom teeth are being extracted.
  • The complexity of the procedure (whether the teeth are impacted, as well as the formation of the oral structures around them, affects how complex the procedure is)
  • The type of sedation used (general anesthesia or IV sedation costs more than local pain-numbing methods).

The team at Piney Point Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery will give you an estimate of the cost of your procedure before you commit to it. We can also help you file claims with your insurance company; either your medical or dental benefits may cover a significant portion of the price of your surgery.