If you are the parent of a teenager, now may be the right time to explore whether your child needs wisdom teeth removal. Patients typically have this common oral surgery between the ages of 15 and 17 to prevent discomfort, pain, and oral health complications later in life. Older patients who are already experiencing these symptoms can also benefit from the procedure.
The doctors of Central Florida Oral & Facial Surgery have performed wisdom teeth removal for thousands of patients in The Villages, FL.
As specialists, our doctors use a minimally invasive approach that is safer and more comfortable for those in our care. Procedures take place under IV sedation, allowing patients to sleep through the entire experience. Find out more about what you can expect in our care.
Our doctors use EXPAREL® to provide a narcotic-free / opioid-free postoperative course while ensuring the patient’s comfort.
Watch Video: What is a Wisdom Tooth Extraction and what is involved in the procedure?
Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
If your general dentist has told you or your teen that it is time to consider wisdom teeth removal, our board-certified oral surgeons can help! As leaders in oral surgery, our doctors use a minimally invasive approach to remove wisdom teeth more safely.
Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Third molars — the last teeth in line at the back of your mouth — typically don’t start erupting until the late teens or twenties. Most patients don’t have enough space for proper eruption. Third molars can also become impacted beneath the surface of the gums.
As a result:
- Patients may have difficulty keeping the area between the second molars and wisdom teeth clean.
- Impacted teeth may develop infection or periodontal abscesses.
- Cyst formation along impacted teeth may destroy local bone / bone in the jaw.
Wisdom teeth removal helps prevent these problems. Other patients in The Villages, FL have their wisdom teeth taken out on the guidance of their orthodontist or prior to corrective jaw surgery.
There are important reasons to have wisdom teeth removed earlier in life. First, the procedure reduces the oral health risks described above. Second, extracting these teeth before they develop is safer than waiting. Over time, wisdom teeth roots can grow close to the nerve that gives feeling to the lower lip and chin. Having surgery in your younger years, prior to root formation, decreases the risk of nerve injury during the extraction.
What Is the Recovery from Wisdom Teeth Removal Like?
On the day of the procedure, your doctor will again go over the process and answer any additional questions. Before surgery, the doctor will start IV sedation. Patients should fall asleep quickly and rest comfortably throughout the surgery.
Our oral and maxillofacial specialists are trained in minimally invasive techniques for wisdom teeth removal. Surgery typically takes 30 minutes to 1 hour for complex cases, and only requires gauze packing and one small resorbable stitch for each tooth.
Patients and their families often want to know about options for pain management following surgery. Our practice offers EXPAREL® to minimize discomfort for three days after the procedure — generally the most difficult period of the recovery. We provide this opioid-free numbing medication to promote the patient’s comfort in a safe and effective way.
Patients should also apply ice packs to reduce swelling, and they can take over-the-counter medications as needed. Our practice generally recommends ibuprofen and Tylenol® in prescription doses.
Most wisdom teeth removal patients can get back to normal daily activities in two to three days, and they’ll return to our office for a postoperative check-up after one week.
Pricing for Wisdom Teeth Removal in The Villages, FL
By having their wisdom teeth removed, patients can prevent costly dental treatment later in life. The price of the procedure will depend on several factors, including the complexity of extraction and the number of wisdom teeth a patient needs to have extracted; this can actually vary person to person.
Some other factors are whether the teeth are impacted, whether an insurance company will cover costs, and the age at which a patient receives treatment. During your visit to our practice, we can discuss these factors as well as answer any other questions you have.
If you have a child entering the teen years or if you are experiencing oral health problems that may be related to your third molars, learn about wisdom teeth removal. Contact Central Florida Oral & Facial Surgery online or by phone in The Villages, FL area at (352) 391-5550. Find more information on our video learning center.