Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal Columbus, OH
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to erupt, generally coming in around the ages of 17-25. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed, but removal is not always necessary, though East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry may recommend having them removed for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is simply that people do not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate these additional molars.
At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of wisdom teeth removal for you.
Common Issues When Wisdom Teeth Are Not Removed
There are a variety of issues that can develop, including the following:
- Infection: Infection is the most common result of impacted wisdom teeth that have not been removed. When there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become irritated, which will lead to the development of infection which present through symptoms such as sensitivity, pain, and swelling.
- Crowding: Untreated wisdom teeth can result in you developing the crowding of your teeth, which is most noticeable with your front teeth. There are several different factors that contribute to teeth crowding in adulthood but retained wisdom teeth that have become impacted are one of the leading factors.
- Cyst Formation: When a wisdom tooth remains impacted, it is not uncommon for non-infectious diseases to form. Cysts can develop inside the jawbone and gradually expand, which can subsequently destroy your jawbone or other teeth. Though not common, delaying the removal of wisdom teeth has also been believed to cause tumors to develop.
- Damage to Adjacent Teeth: When there is not enough room for you to thoroughly clean around a wisdom tooth, the surrounding teeth cannot receive the type of cleaning they need to remain healthy, which can then result in the development of gum disease, decay, or bone loss.
The Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
After x-rays have visually confirmed the situation under the surface, we will begin with the administration of a local anesthetic. Sedation may also be recommended for your procedure. During conscious sedation, your consciousness will be depressed for the duration of the procedure, increasing your state of relaxation, reducing anxiety, and creating a slight amnesic effect. Because of the intensity of the effects of a sedation, you will not be allowed to drive following the procedure, so make sure to have someone available to take you home.
Once you are properly numb or sedated, East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry will begin removing the wisdom tooth with either a simple extraction or a surgical approach.
- Simple Procedure- Using a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding areas, we will loosen your tooth and pull it out easily using a hand tool called an elevator. This procedure is used when the tooth that needs to be extracted has erupted well above the gum line for easy access. We will use dental tools to loosen the tooth and lift it up and out of the gum line for a clean extraction.
- Surgical Procedure- A surgical extraction is a slightly more complicated procedure as it requires us to cut into the gum line to retrieve the tooth. This is usually necessary during an impacted wisdom tooth extraction or if a tooth is broken well below the gum line. A local anesthetic will minimize the discomfort felt during these types of extractions.
Once the tooth has been removed and the anesthesia has worn off, you will be allowed to leave with a responsible adult to monitor you. We may prescribe pain medication if necessary, but if possible, it is best to stick with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
It is a good idea to plan on staying with a soft food diet following your procedure, slowly introducing harder foods as you begin to heal.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
Dr. Levy and the staff are wonderful, friendly, caring people. They make you feel calm during what can be a very stressful time. I had a deep cleaning & extraction yesterday and it was painless and quick. I was in and out in just a little over an hour. I received instructions for my aftercare along with the items needed to take care of my mouth. I feel wonderful today, no pain and eating normally. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, come see Dr. Levy and staff, they will put you at ease and take good care of you!
- Christi L
Everyone made me feel so welcomed even though I was nervous, Dr. Levy was great and informative made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone.
- Dee H.
The Cost of Your Wisdom Teeth Removal
The cost of your wisdom teeth removal will vary depending on your individual needs and your treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.
Affordable Payment Plans
Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We will work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care
The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.
Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.
Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.