For many patients, wisdom teeth removal is their first encounter with an oral surgeon. Understandably, many people have questions about this procedure, even though it is a routine one. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about wisdom tooth extraction.
Why do I need to see an oral surgeon to have my wisdom teeth removed?
The wisdom teeth are often impacted because there’s not enough room in the patient’s jaw for them to erupt properly. When that happens, bone usually needs to be removed before the tooth can be extracted, and this requires a surgical procedure.
If my wisdom teeth aren’t causing any problems for me, why should I have them extracted?
A number of issues, such as cysts, tumors and abscesses, can develop in impacted wisdom teeth, and it’s impossible to predict when these problems will occur. Therefore, many patients will chose wisdom tooth extraction as a preventive measure even if they’re not symptomatic. At the very least, young adults who still have their wisdom teeth should be evaluated by a specialist to determine whether those teeth are impacted and should be removed.
How long will it be before I can return to work after having my wisdom teeth removed?
Most patients can go back to work (or school) a few days after wisdom tooth extraction.
What should I do to prepare for the procedure?
If you choose IV sedation or general anesthesia, you’ll be instructed to fast after midnight the day of your appointment. You will also need to make arrangements to have a responsible adult escort you home. Your surgeon will thoroughly review your pre-operative instructions, as well as post-operative self-care, at your consultation.
Will insurance cover my wisdom tooth extraction?
Your dental insurance may offer some coverage of the costs associated with wisdom tooth extraction. Our expert billing staff will work with your insurance company to maximize your benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket costs.
Do you have other questions about wisdom tooth extraction?
Speak to one of our experienced staff members at Oral Surgery Associates of North Texas about any issues related to the procedure that may be weighing on your mind. We encourage you to ask any questions that you may have in order to make your treatment as comfortable for you as possible.