Oral Surgery & Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Dental Surgeon

Oral Surgery can refer to any medical procedure that involves the teeth and jaw bones.

Oral surgery is commonly performed to remove wisdom teeth, prepare the mouth for dentures, repair jaw problems and perform root canals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why we remove wisdom tooth (1,16, 17,32)?
  2. What's involved in a consultation? Do I really need one?
  3. How much will it cost to get my teeth out?
  4. How long will it take to have my wisdom teeth removed?
  5. Will I need to have x-rays taken?
  6. How can I improve healing of tooth removal site?
  7. How do I know the instruments and materials used are sterile?
  8. May I stay with my child during surgery?
  9. What are the payment options?
  10. Why did i not get an antibiotic after my third molar surgery?
  11. I have pain three to four weeks after an extraction. What should I do?
  12. When can I resume physical activity?
  13. My lip (and / or tongue) feels numb. What does this mean?
  14. My sutures came out. What should I do?
  15. How long do the holes in my jaw stay after extractions?
  16. I have terrible bad breath after the surgery. Does this mean I have an infection?
  17. I am getting a lot of pain in my ear. Is this normal?
  18. Will I be really swollen?

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Why we remove wisdom tooth (1,16, 17,32)?

Third molar extraction removal, more commonly known as Wisdom Teeth removal is an effective surgical procedure that has been around for ages.

Although some people have tried to challenge the validity in removing the third molar, countless studies have shown us that the removal of the teeth is actually better for the patient's health, and further keeps them from undergoing future costly and painful dental surgery.

The removal of the third molars help reduce the risk of overcrowding teeth. With the way the jaw is shaped, the molars can grow in at unsightly angles, pushing and moving the teeth out of alignment, and causing a huge amount of distressful pain. Another risk in keeping the molars takes place when they break through the tissue. The space between the tooth and the tissue becomes a food trap, allowing bacteria and infection to take over the mouth.

The U.S. Army requires the wisdom teeth removal to take place if the soldier hasn't already, to ensue health overseas. As you can imagine, proper care isn't necessarily readily available to the soldiers, so if the third molars impact the mouth, they will be in a great amount of pain and run the risk of incurring severe infection.

The proper age to start looking into the removal of wisdom teeth is 14 years of age and older. [Source]

What's involved in a consultation? Do I really need one?

Many patients are consulted and treated the same day. This is typical for extractions that are simple. Otherwise, a consultation is done prior to surgery, and provides a non-threatening environment to discuss all your options and health status with the doctor. At your consultation you will be evaluated and diagnosed, fill out a full medical history and be able to discuss questions, risks, benefits, alternatives and financial matters. The consultation is done usually in advance to be able to confer with physicians and dentists if your care needs to be coordinated. At this time, arrangements can also be made for anesthesia and recovery.

How much will it cost to get my teeth out?

Our usual and customary price for tooth extraction ranges from $250 to $600 per tooth. The Star Advantage Discount Plan offers the lowest price guarantee for wisdom tooth extraction under IV Sedation. For $899, you can have up to four wisdom tooth taken out under IV sedation; however, the family friendly price is only available online with purchase of services prior to procedure. $899 discount plan, my not be used with other insurance. Click Here to Buy Service and Book Appt.

How long will it take to have my wisdom teeth removed?

At Dental Republic offices, the complete recovery time and procedure takes about and hour, but planned two hours for additional recovery time if needed.

Will I need to have x-rays taken?

In order to diagnose and treat any problems involving the teeth or jaw, X-rays are necessary. For wisdom tooth extraction, we will need a panoramic taken at our office on the same day of surgery. At the Allen Office, we use 3D Cone Beam Scan to insure the location of the tooth needing extraction, nerves, and blood vessels.

How can I improve healing of tooth removal site?

By placing Platelet Riched Plasma (PRP) at site of extraction. During the outpatient surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than fifteen minutes, the Platelet Rich Plasma is formed and ready to be placed in site of tooth removal.

How do I know the instruments and materials used are sterile?

All instruments are cleaned and then sterilized after each use. Each instrument pack or bundle is tested with chemical indicators to confirm sterilization parameters have been achieved. Our autoclaves (sterilizers) are spore-tested with each use (state of Texas requires only weekly spore-testing) to ensure it is working properly prior to using the instruments. Each patient receives their own IV bag or nitrous mask to prevent transmission of disease to other patients. Our office was one of the first to exercise these precautions. We have set the standard for monitoring of instrument sterility in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

May I stay with my child during surgery?

Parents of small children may accompany their child prior to surgery to ask the doctor any questions. However, OSHA regulations and staff and patient safety do not permit bystanders during the surgical procedure.

What are the payment options?

We accept American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Care Credit. We do not accept personal checks. You can apply at Care Credit for finance options in advance of your consultation.

Why did i not get an antibiotic after my third molar surgery?

Antibiotics are strong medicines that can save lives in the face of infection. However, they are not needed in every situation. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued several warnings on the consequences of inappropriate use of antibiotics. As surgeons dealing mostly with the head and neck, we have the luxury of a region that has a very rich blood supply, and a tremendous ability to resist infection. It is for that reason that not every surgery we perform necessitates the use of antibiotics afterward. There have been numerous studies published that show the use of antibiotics after most oral surgery procedures in healthy patients does not affect the infection rate. The general rule at our practice is: If you need antibiotics to fight an infection, or if you have a disease that lessens your body's ability to fight infection, a prescription will be given. If you do not fall into one of these categories, no antibiotics will be required. That does not necessarily mean that you will not get an infection afterward- just that the use of antibiotics after surgery will not change the risk.

I have pain three to four weeks after an extraction. What should I do?

Typically, this indicates some type of a localized infection. Please call our office, so Dr. Levin can evaluate this and recommend appropriate treatment.

When can I resume physical activity?

Typically you should reduce activity right after surgery for 10-14 days before aggressive competition follows.

My lip (and / or tongue) feels numb. What does this mean?

Numbness of the lip, tongue, gums, teeth etc. is a common occurrence after lower jaw surgery. It is usually caused by some type of irritation to the nerves involved and over 90% of the time resolves within a few days or weeks. Occasionally, it may take longer to resolve. Fortunately, it is just a feeling sensation and does not cause a muscle weakness. It is however, important for you to have us evaluate this so appropriate recommendations can be made.

My sutures came out. What should I do?

We typically use resorbable sutures (stitches). They begin to dissolve within 2-3 days. Its ok for them to come out. If you notice any significant and persistent bleeding please let us know.

How long do the holes in my jaw stay after extractions?

The "holes" or better, extraction sockets will generally close within 6 weeks. It will take about 24 months for the sockets to actually fill to about 94% with bone. If food gets trapped in the socket area, be sure to clean it with the water syringe given to you at the time of your surgery. SMOKING will delay healing and lead to infection during healing process.

I have terrible bad breath after the surgery. Does this mean I have an infection?

No. The bad breath is from stuff getting into the socket area. Be sure to keep the surgery site clean and this should resolve.

I am getting a lot of pain in my ear. Is this normal?

Pain in the ear is generally referred pain from the lower jaw. This is normal and will resolve as the extraction site heals.

Will I be really swollen?

We don't anticipate anything more than moderate swelling, but you take the anti-swelling medication that is prescribed to you to deal with swelling.