Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Along with normal extractions, Blue Valley Cosmetic and Family Dentistry also offers specialty services including extraction of wisdom (3rd molars) and impacted teeth.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are naturally occurring third molars.  Most people have four wisdom teeth, however it is possible to have anywhere from zero up to eight.  Wisdom teeth start developing around age 12 and will usually appear in the mouth between ages 17-25.  In some situations wisdom teeth come in straight and as long as they are able to be kept clean they can be left in the mouth.  But often wisdom teeth come in at a off-angled direction (impacted) and can cause damage to adjacent teeth, gums and bones.   In addition, if they are impacted, the longer wisdom teeth stay in the mouth the more likely they are to develop complications such as soft tissue infections, cysts, and tumors.

Do I need to have my wisdom teeth taken out?

Wisdom teeth do not always to be removed. Your doctor will study your digital x-rays with you and discuss your individual circumstances to determine your options and risks and benefits of treatment.

How long does the procedure take and how long will it take to heal?

Blue Valley Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers IV conscious sedation to keep you relaxed and the procedure pain-free.  Using IV sedation, we can give you pain medication and antibiotics so you will already be comfortable during and following treatment as well as a sedative so that you will remember very little if any of the procedure. The total time you should expect to be in the office is generally an hour and a half.  If needed we will give you pain medicine and antibiotics to take home to manage any post-op pain or infection.  The degree of impaction will determine the healing period, therefore, will we want you to take it easy for a few days following wisdom teeth teeth.

How much does it cost?

First, you will need to come in for an examination and likely a panoramic film in order to assess your wisdom teeth.  Then, we can give you a much better idea of the costs involved with your case. We also accept Care Credit and you may wish to apply for a Care Credit Card here.