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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Because wisdom teeth are notorious for causing pain and other oral health issues, dental professionals advise patients to have them removed early, in the mid to late teen years, before problems arise.

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Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery offers a wide range of oral and maxillofacial surgery treatments, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Lee uphold the highest standard of care at their practice located in Danbury, CT, and New Milford, CT. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced oral surgeons, please contact the office nearest you.

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Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, tend to erupt into the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. However, wisdom teeth are commonly known to cause a host of oral health complications, including impaction, infection, pain, cysts, possible dental shifting, overcrowding and so on. When these complications occur, it can become costly and painful to treat. As such, most dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth are removed during the early to mid-teen years, before the teeth are fully developed, making them easier to remove, providing a shorter recovery time, and decreasing the overall risk of surgery.

Why should wisdom teeth be removed early?

Most dental health professionals recommend removing wisdom teeth during the early to mid-teen years for two main reasons:

Patients of all ages are treated with the highest care at Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery. If your child has been recommended for their wisdom teeth to be removed, please contact our Danbury, CT, or New Milford, CT, practice to schedule a consultation appointment.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost

The team at Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery strives to provide outstanding patient outcomes at their practice in Danbury, CT, and New Milford, CT. Every patient receives a personalized treatment plan and the highest standard of care. Along with Dr. Kurtz and Dr. Lee, our administrative and surgical care teams are passionate about providing every patient with the best possible experience.

The cost of wisdom teeth removal will vary from patient to patient and will depend on factors such as how many wisdom teeth are removed, whether or not they are impacted, the type of impaction, the type of anesthesia selected by the patient, and insurance coverage.

We do our best to provide the most accurate estimate of your oral surgery costs during your consultation appointment. We will work with your insurance company to maximize your benefits and give you the best possible estimate before your surgery. You can schedule your first visit with us by contacting our office in Danbury, CT, or New Milford, CT.

Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery works with most dental insurance companies and accepts several forms of payment. You can learn more by visiting our Financial & Insurance Options page.

Investing in Your Oral Health

Living with oral health complications tend to be painful and costly. Wisdom teeth are frequently cited as causing a host of troublesome oral health issues, such as impaction, possible dental crowding and shifting, infection, pain, and more. Avoiding oral health complications is always recommended; as such, many dental health professionals recommend that wisdom teeth be removed in an effort to prevent or reduce these complications.

During the early to mid-teen years, wisdom teeth are usually not fully developed and typically have not yet caused major complications. For these reasons, many wisdom teeth are removed around this age. However, every patient develops at their own pace, including wisdom teeth; it is important to see your dentist for regular checkups so that they can monitor your wisdom teeth as they develop. Your dentist can refer you to a specialist when it is the best time to remove your wisdom teeth, or you can contact us to schedule a consultation at any time.

Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery performs wisdom teeth removal and other oral surgery treatments at their practice located in Danbury, CT, and New Milford, CT. If you or your child has been referred for oral surgery treatment, including wisdom teeth removal, we encourage you to contact our team at Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery. We accept many forms of payment and work with most dental insurance companies to provide our services at a cost that works for our patients.

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ

WHAT IF MY WISDOM TEETH ARE IMPACTED?

Wisdom teeth are commonly impacted. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted, oral health complications can occur, such as pain, infection, periodontal disease, and possible dental shifting. Signs of impaction may include swelling, pain, or pressure near the back of the jaw, pain when opening the mouth, and bad breath or taste in the mouth. Your dentist can confirm an impacted tooth with an X-ray or scan and refer you to an oral surgeon for evaluation and further treatment. Regardless of impaction, many dental health professionals recommend the removal of certain wisdom teeth.

CAN I PREVENT MY WISDOM TEETH FROM BECOMING IMPACTED?

Unfortunately, impaction is not preventable. However, you can reduce or even avoid the complications caused by impaction with early treatment. Be sure to visit your dentist for regular checkups and let them know if you experience any signs of impaction between visits. Your dentist can confirm an impacted tooth with an X-ray or scan and refer you to an oral surgeon for further treatment. You can also schedule a consultation for evaluation of your wisdom teeth at any time by contacting one of our office locations.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED MY WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTED?

Visiting your dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning and oral exam ensures your oral health stays top-notch. These visits allow your dentist to monitor your child’s teeth as they develop, including their wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth need to be removed, or if any other oral surgery treatment is needed, your dentist can refer you to an oral surgeon. During your consultation, we can evaluate which wisdom teeth need to be extracted and review the risks, benefits, and alternatives to help you make an informed decision about treatment.

IS WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION PAINFUL?

Some discomfort is to be expected after a wisdom tooth extraction, just like any oral surgery procedure. At Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery, we will discuss your options for anesthesia during your consultation appointment to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure. Your oral surgeon will also discuss how to manage any discomfort following your procedure. Most of our patients do not experience any pain during the surgery.

ARE WISDOM TEETH ALWAYS EXTRACTED?

Most people do not have the extra room in their mouths to accommodate four extra molars. Since untreated wisdom teeth can commonly cause oral health complications such as infection, pain, impaction, and possible dental shifting, most dental health professionals recommend that wisdom teeth are removed. Some patients do not require immediate removal because their wisdom teeth have grown in a useful position. When this occurs, we recommend keeping these teeth and observing them over time to ensure they are contributing positively to your oral health.

WHY DO ORAL SURGEONS EXTRACT WISDOM TEETH? WHY NOT HAVE MY DENTIST PERFORM THIS SURGERY?

In short, oral surgeons are specialists in the surgical treatment of conditions and disorders that affect the head, neck, face, jaws, and mouth. While all oral surgeons are dentists, not all dentists are oral surgeons. They have also undergone extensive training to administer anesthesia safely, as well as four to six additional years of oral and maxillofacial surgery residency.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY LIKE AFTER WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL?

Most patients are able to resume their normal work and school schedule within two to four days following their wisdom teeth removal procedure. To optimize your healing and reduce your risk of complications, please follow the pre- and post-operative instructions that your oral surgeon has provided.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery cares about your oral health and is committed to providing the best possible outcome for every patient. If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, please give us a call. Thank you for choosing Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery.

Stem Cell Banking at Greater Connecticut Oral & Dental Implant Surgery

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