Wisdom Teeth Removal in rockford, dixon and janesville
Most people naturally grow 32 permanent adult teeth, however, our jaws are often not large enough to accommodate this many teeth. It is believed that wisdom teeth were necessary for our early ancestors, whose diet was primarily comprised of uncooked meat and other rough foods, which required more chewing power. As human beings have evolved, our jawbones have grown shorter and our diet has more soft foods, which has resulted in wisdom teeth not only not being necessary, but potentially harmful to our oral health.
Wisdom teeth are located in the back of your mouth and are typically the last teeth to develop, typically between the ages of 17-25. When patients do not have a sufficient amount of space to allow for the teeth to erupt, the tooth can become impacted. If wisdom teeth do grow in straight, it will not be necessary to have them removed; however, because wisdom teeth significantly increase a patient’s risk of developing oral issues such as misalignment, tooth decay, nerve and jaw damage, pain, and infection, it is considered best practice to have them removed. Wisdom teeth should ideally be removed before the root structure develops fully, which can occur in patients as young as 12 or 13, or as late as patients in their early twenties.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth removal, or if you have any additional questions concerning the wisdom teeth removal process or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Issues Associated with Wisdom Teeth
Although removal of wisdom teeth is not always necessary, there are several risk factors associated with not removing wisdom teeth. Patients who do not remove their wisdom teeth are at an increased risk of developing the following issues:
- Teeth that grow in sideways, become impacted (trapped under the gums) or only partially emerge
- Crowded and misaligned teeth
- Increased risk of infections
- Swelling, pain, and stiffness
- Tooth decay
- Increased risk of periodontal disease
- Formation of cysts and tumors
Wisdom Tooth Removal Process Expectations
Prior to performing the removal of wisdom teeth, an initial consultation will be necessary, which will include a diagnostic test using an X-Ray and/or 3-dimensional scan to determine whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is enough room for eruption to occur, and what difficulties might be involved in the removal process.
Once this is determined, the wisdom teeth removal process will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Patients who require dental sedation should avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to surgery, except for prescription medication that can be taken with water. Once you are sufficiently numbed, the gum tissue over the tooth is opened, after which bone blocking access to the root of the tooth is removed. Next, the tooth is divided into sections and removed in pieces. Once the tooth has been fully removed, the site is cleaned and stitched shut. Stitches typically dissolve naturally in three to five days. Once the anesthesia has worn off, you will be free to leave, although you may have to arrange for someone to drive you home depending upon the type of dental sedation you receive.
Aftercare Following Wisdom Tooth Removal
To minimize post-procedural risks and ensure a speedy recovery, follow these and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist.
- To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
- To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area of discomfort for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first three days
- Eat soft foods such as applesauce, pudding, or soup immediately after the procedure, slowly reintroducing harder foods as discomfort and pain diminishes
If you follow these general guidelines and any additional post-operative instructions provided, you should enjoy a quick recovery process.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for wisdom teeth removal, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
The cost of wisdom teeth removal will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, how many teeth are being removed, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.