Wisdom teeth, also called “third molars”, are the last set of molars to erupt in the mouth. When properly aligned and surrounded by healthy gum tissue, wisdom teeth may not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this is not generally the case and therefore, many people need their wisdom teeth removed.
Your wisdom teeth are latecomers; they usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. It is important to visit your dentist when your wisdom teeth begin to develop so that he or she can spot any potential problems before they occur. Our surgeons recommend wisdom teeth removal at a younger age (teen years) because the roots have not fully formed and the jawbone surrounding wisdom teeth is less dense. Younger patients experience fewer difficulties and usually recover more quickly than adult patients.
Facts About Wisdom Teeth
Partially blocked (impacted) wisdom teeth provide openings for bacteria to grow. Because it is difficult to clean this area, bacterial growth often leads to tooth decay, serious gum disease and infection.
When there isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally, the teeth try to find their own path out. They can grow sideways or in other unnatural positions causing your teeth to get crowded and possibly overlap.
Tumors and cysts can form around impacted wisdom teeth which can cause serious damage to your jawbone and your other teeth.
The images below reveal some common dental conditions caused by problems with your wisdom teeth.
The Nu Image Advantage
You are our number one priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve. Below are just a few ways in which differentiate us from others.
Experience – Our oral surgeons have a vast amount of experience and extract thousands of wisdom teeth – yearly!
Technology – State-of-the-art technology used with an in office CBCT scan to provide 3-dimensional views of a patient’s bone. We also have the ability to perform virtual surgery using a computer.
Sedation – Numbing cream on the arm is given by a clinical team member to allow for a painless IV administration that helps you sleep during your procedure.
The Extra Mile – Friendly, caring and experienced team members, warm blankets to keep you comfortable, doctor’s personal cell phone number and Goodberry’s ice cream for a quick recovery.
The doctors and team at Nu Image Surgical Center are trained and highly skilled in even the most difficult wisdom tooth removal. Get help before it becomes a problem. We can help you achieve the dental health and winning smile you deserve.
Setting Up an Appointment & Cost of Treatment
Please contact our office to set up a consultation. We offer both in-office consultations as well as teledentistry/phone consultations for wisdom teeth removal. Teledentistry/phone consultations will save you a trip and allow you to be consulted at your convenience.
Before treatment begins, our team works with your insurance to give you an accurate estimate of the expenses involved in the extraction of your wisdom teeth. Then, our dedicated insurance coordinators work diligently to save you as much money as possible by combing through your benefits. An exact cost will be given after your treatment plan is reviewed and your benefits are maximized.
To schedule your wisdom tooth consultation or if you have any questions about our procedures please don’t hesitate to contact our office.
What to Expect on the Day of Your Surgery
Arriving at the office Nu Image spares no effort to make you completely comfortable with the treatment you are going to receive. Before your surgery we will carefully explain what is going to happen and what you should do to prepare for the procedure. From your initial consultation to the time of your surgery, our team is always available to answer your questions or to deal with any concerns you might have. Call our office or email us and we’ll help you right away.
The treatment plan During your initial examination and consultation we’ll provide you with a detailed treatment plan outlining the procedure and what you must do to prepare. The plan provides thorough information regarding the surgery, sedation and medications involved.
What you should do: For your comfort, your treatment can be rendered utilizing intravenous (IV) anesthesia. If you are having IV anesthesia:
Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your surgery.
If you are still feeling anxious, you can receive medication from our office to help
You should not drive after your procedure. Please arrange for someone else, a friend or family member, to bring you to our office and take you home afterwards.
Wisdom tooth extractions average 1 hour and a half, but every situation differs and it may take longer. You can get a more definite idea of how long it will take during your initial consultation.
What we will do: The first step is to make a small incision to expose the wisdom tooth.
If your tooth is impacted, a small amount of the bone covering the tooth will be removed and the tooth extracted.
After your wisdom teeth have been extracted, we will close the gum tissue with several sutures. These sutures will dissolve over time and you won’t need to come back to the office to have them taken out.
What to Expect After your Wisdom Teeth Removal
The doctors and team at Nu Image want you to feel completely comfortable with your procedure. We will explain exactly what you should expect both during the procedure and afterwards. Before you leave the office we ensure you have all the information, post-operative instructions and the prescriptions for medication you will need. Someone here is always available to help you. The time needed to recover after wisdom teeth removal can vary from patient to patient. Typically it takes a few days before you are fully recovered and can continue your daily activities. People who work full time or attend school should consider having their wisdom tooth extraction on a Thursday or Friday to allow the weekend for recovery time. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office. Our surgeons are only a call away and you will never have to deal with a calling service.
Things to do after surgery
Rest. Too much activity after wisdom tooth surgery may increase your bleeding.
Keep an ice pack on your jaw for the first day to decrease the swelling.
Do not smoke. It may cause serious complications and delay your healing.
You can expect a complete recovery after a few days but make sure you follow the post-operative instructions the doctor gave you and try to rest. The pain relievers recommended by the doctor will ease any discomfort but please call our office right away if the bleeding continues more than 24 hours after your procedure.
Harvesting Stem Cells from Wisdom Teeth
Once upon a time, extracted teeth ended in the garbage, forgotten and so too the living stem cells locked inside them. Now science finds a new and exciting use for lost wisdom teeth. Forward thinking individuals across America are saving their extracted wisdom teeth and banking the stem cells to be used to cure illness later on.
Regenerative medicine Regenerative medicine is recently a very big deal for medical researchers and the National Institutes of Health. It all comes from the fact that the stem cells found inside your wisdom teeth can potentially be used to grow rejection-proof organs and tissues to heal things like diabetes, heart disease and kidney failure. By banking stem cells with StemSave, you and your family have access to life saving medical treatment in years to come. Our Nu Image team is trained to preserve and prepare your extracted teeth for cryopreservation at StemSave.
Dental stem cells It is well known that stem cells promise to revolutionize the way trauma, disease and illness are treated. Dental, living stem cells are ideal for this purpose because they are easily extracted, easy to work with and remain vital when stored. The stem cells inside teeth can replicate themselves and be differentiated into a wide range of tissue types to treat medical conditions. Because these cells are harvested from your own body, the tissues made using them won’t be rejected by your body immune responses.
Start early Dental stem cells are also easily recovered by your dentist whenever a tooth is extracted and processed for storage. Research now shows dental stem cell to be among the most potent cells in your body. They replicate faster and for much longer than other types of stem cells. This makes them ideal for regenerative medicine procedures but be aware that stem cells age along with the rest of the cells in our bodies. Harvesting cells from wisdom teeth extracted at a younger age guarantees they will remain vital for medical use later on.
Doctor Neshat, recognizing the promise of medical miracles from dental stem cells, is saving the extracted wisdom teeth of his three children and encourages our patients to do the same.
Life saving potential is locked inside your family’s teeth. Visit StemSave to learn more about banking stem cells.