Wisdom teeth are also called third molars, and they are the final set of adult teeth to emerge. These molars typically erupt during the teenage years or early 20s but can start developing under the gums as early as ages 10–12. Because most people’s mouths are too small to fit these additional molars, they often cause costly and uncomfortable oral health complications such as impaction, tooth crowing, and more. To avoid problems, most dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth be removed early, before they have erupted or become impacted. Another reason early extraction is recommended is that treatment is generally easier for younger patients — they tend to have simple procedures and faster recovery times. At our trusted Blackfoot, ID, practice, we use advanced surgical techniques to ensure the best results and the least amount of downtime for patients of all ages.
Learn more by checking out our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ.
It is important to get regular dental checkups so that the wisdom teeth can be monitored, and treatment can be recommended at the appropriate time. Even wisdom teeth that appear to be growing in properly can change course and start to cause problems. Because wisdom teeth extraction can be more challenging than a standard tooth extraction, when it’s time for the wisdom teeth to be removed, your dentist will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Wisdom teeth extractions are usually performed under sedation, and oral surgeons are the dental professionals that have the training and skill to administer this type of anesthesia. Drs. Baker and Jepsen of Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho are experts at safe and comfortable wisdom teeth removal and provide this service in the comfort of our Blackfoot, ID, practice. We encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our experienced oral surgeons where the specifics of your procedure will be explained so that you can be as relaxed as possible when you come in for your extraction. Your consultation is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about wisdom teeth removal at our practice.
Our patients have shared their personal stories about their wisdom teeth extractions to help you feel more at ease about your own procedure. Check it out!
Why should my third molars be removed early?
Most people have four wisdom teeth — one for each corner of the mouth. In many cases, there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate these extra teeth, so early removal, usually in the early to mid-teen years, is commonly recommended.
There are many benefits to having wisdom teeth removed early, before they are fully developed:
- Simple procedure and easy recovery. Third molars are smaller early in their development, so removing them often requires a less invasive procedure and therefore a faster healing time for patients. We’re pleased that so many of our patients have shared with us how easy their procedure was!
- Prevention of oral health problems. Extracting the third molars early can prevent oral health problems before they occur, saving you time, money, and discomfort in the future.
Our oral surgeons and are skilled surgical team are wisdom teeth removal specialists and are trained in the administration of anesthesia for the most comfortable extraction procedure possible. At our practice, you will be constantly monitored by our team during your procedure and treated like family every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about wisdom teeth removal at our friendly Blackfoot, ID, practice, check out our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ, or contact our office with your questions or to schedule a consultation with one of our trusted oral surgeons, Dr. Baker or Dr. Jepsen. We look forward to caring for you and your family at Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost in Blackfoot, ID
During the consultation appointment at Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho, your oral surgeon will conduct an oral exam and take diagnostic images to develop a personalized treatment plan for you or your child. An estimate of the cost of the extraction will be determined at this time as well. The cost will be based on how many wisdom teeth will be extracted, the type of anesthesia that is chosen for the procedure, and how complex the extraction will be. (If the wisdom teeth are impacted, the procedure will be a bit more complex.) Your insurance coverage will also factor into the cost of your treatment. To make things convenient for our patients, we accept many types of insurance and have multiple payment options.
If you or your child need a wisdom teeth extraction procedure, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker or Dr. Jepsen at our trusted Blackfoot, ID, practice. It is our goal to provide the best in gentle, compassionate oral surgery care that is financially accessible to our southeast Idaho community.
Investing in the Future of Your Oral Health
Most dental professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be extracted early to avoid painful and costly oral health problems like impaction. The complications that can arise from wisdom teeth that are not treated may require orthodontic or more complex surgical treatments to correct in the future. There’s a lot of wisdom in a proactive approach to wisdom teeth:
- Avoid more dental procedures later. Untreated wisdom teeth can cause costly and painful complications, such as dental shifting, oral infections, gum disease, and damage or crowding of nearby teeth that will require additional treatment. Patients won’t have to endure these complications if their wisdom teeth are removed early. Less treatment means less cost, less hassle, and less discomfort!
- Have an easier surgery and a faster recovery. Younger people usually recover quickly from wisdom teeth extraction procedures because the wisdom teeth are less developed and therefore easier to remove surgically. The faster your recovery, the less likely you are to require time away from work or school.
We want wisdom teeth removal to be as easy and convenient as possible for our patients — we accept several insurance plans and payment methods. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. No question is too small! It is our privilege to help guide you through the process of wisdom teeth extraction at our welcoming Blackfoot, ID, practice.