Wisdom Teeth Removal in Groton, MA
Extract Third Molars Early to Protect Oral Health
Around the mid teens to early twenties, many people start to notice an additional set of molars. These third molars, called wisdom teeth, grow in the back of the mouth behind the second molars. The average adult mouth can only hold 28 permanent teeth, which means an additional set of molars can be problematic. Because there is not enough room for these large molars, dentists and oral surgeons recommend having wisdom teeth extracted.
Dr. Garibyan and Dr. Kuang comfortably extract wisdom teeth at our office in Groton, MA. If you or your child have been told it's time to have wisdom teeth removed, or if you would like an examination to determine if you have wisdom teeth, we invite you to contact Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery today.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
Many people do not have room in their mouth for extra molars. You already have molars that chew food, making wisdom teeth unnecessary for oral function. The presence of wisdom teeth can cause pain or pressure in the mouth, which can be alleviated instantly by having them removed. The development of the roots of wisdom teeth are difficult to predict, and can potentially cause damage to adjacent teeth and other anatomical structures.
Untreated wisdom teeth can cause overcrowding and dental shifting, which can change your bite. If wisdom teeth are left untreated, they can damage other teeth and compromise dental alignment. Once a wisdom tooth becomes infected, it can spread to nearby teeth and gum tissues. The presence of wisdom teeth can also be associated with cysts or tumors, which may require additional surgical treatment. You can avoid these complications and protect your dental health by having an oral and maxillofacial surgeon extract your wisdom teeth early.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When they do not have enough room to erupt, wisdom teeth can become trapped beneath the gums, or impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth must be surgically removed because it will not erupt on its own. Some wisdom teeth partially erupt through the gums and become magnets for food and bacteria. Other impacted wisdom teeth may remain fully trapped beneath the gums and develop sideways, pushing against adjacent molars, leading to decay, gum disease, and/or bone loss.
Signs and Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth
Not everyone knows they have wisdom teeth because these molars do not always cause discomfort. Some people develop between 1–4 wisdom teeth, while others develop more than four or none at all. It's important to attend regular checkups with your dentist who will refer you to an oral surgeon if wisdom teeth are discovered. If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be time to have your wisdom teeth removed:
- Seeing the top of a wisdom tooth poking through the gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Gums that easily bleed
- Ongoing bad breath, even after brushing
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Pain or pressure in the back of the mouth
Contact Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery today if you experience these symptoms. Our oral surgeons will examine your oral health and determine if it's time to have your wisdom teeth extracted.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
Dr. Garibyan and Dr. Kuang will perform an oral examination during your first visit and use 3D scans to view the position and size of your wisdom teeth. Your surgeon will outline your treatment plan and help you select the right anesthesia option. Most patients undergo IV sedation for wisdom tooth removal, but we offer many options for any type of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedure. We also offer PRP/PRF treatment for a faster recovery.
When undergoing IV sedation, an adult must drive you to your appointment, remain in the office, and take you home afterward. This person should monitor you for 24 hours and assist you while you are still under the effects of anesthesia. Follow your instructions closely for a fast and smooth recovery.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Groton, MA
Every patient is different and the cost of having wisdom teeth removed varies. Several factors go into the total cost, such as the number of wisdom teeth you have, your choice of anesthesia, your insurance, and the overall complexity of surgery. Contact our office today for a consultation to find out how much your or your child's wisdom teeth removal would cost.
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These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing wisdom teeth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients
Victoria Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
"I'm Victoria and I'm from Berlin, Massachusetts, and I got my wisdom teeth removed. I felt very comfortable with the environment and everyone was very kind. My doctor as a person–he was actually really funny and made me feel comfortable. My procedure went really well, and I went back to eating regular stuff, everything perfect. I will recommend Premier Center for Oral & Facial Surgery."
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is recovery after wisdom teeth removal?
Most patients return to their normal routines within a few days after surgery. It will take the surgical sites a few weeks to heal, but you can expect to return to work or school within a day or two.
How long does wisdom tooth removal take?
Wisdom tooth extraction can take between 20–45 minutes depending on how many teeth you need to have removed. In addition to administering anesthesia and the resting period afterward, you can expect to be in the office for 60–90 minutes total.
Will I be awake during wisdom tooth surgery?
IV sedation will render you into a semi-conscious to unconscious state. We can titrate the level of sedation according to your preference. After the sedation wears off, you will likely have no memory of the surgery. This is different from general anesthesia, which renders you totally unconscious, and is reserved for complex procedures like jaw surgery or facial trauma cases.
We will use local anesthesia in addition to numb the surgical sites. At the beginning of your surgery, your surgeon will administer a local anesthetic which will numb the area for several hours.
What is a dry socket?
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot forming within an empty tooth socket becomes dislodged, exposing the bone underneath. Be sure to avoid straws or smoking while healing, as the suction could dislodge the blood clot and cause a dry socket. Call our office if you suspect a dry socket at any point throughout your recovery.
Oral Health Experts Committed to Excellence
Our team is passionate about helping others and will make sure you and your loved ones have a comfortable, seamless, and positive oral surgery experience. Contact Premier Center for Oral, Dental Implant & Facial Surgery to explore your treatment options and begin your journey to better health.