Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last set of adult teeth to emerge. They typically erupt during a person’s teenage years or early 20s but can start developing under the gums as early as ages 10–12. When these extra molars go untreated, they are notorious for causing oral health complications such as impaction and tooth crowding — therefore, most dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth be removed early so that these complications can be avoided. Treatment is generally easier for younger patients who tend to have fewer complex extractions and faster recovery times. At our trusted Pocatello, ID, practice, we use the most advanced surgical techniques to ensure the very best results and the least amount of downtime for patients of all ages.
Learn more, including the right time to have your child’s wisdom teeth removed, by checking out our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ.
Regular dental checkups are important in the management of wisdom teeth-related oral health conditions because 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 involved 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 with the training and skill to administer this type of anesthesia. The oral surgeons of Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho provide safe and expert wisdom teeth removal in the comfort of our Pocatello, ID, practice. We encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our experienced oral surgeons where every aspect of your wisdom teeth removal procedure will be explained to you before your surgery so that you can be as relaxed as possible. Your consultation is also a great time to ask any questions you may have about wisdom teeth removal at our welcoming practice.
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Why should the third molars be removed early?
Most people have four wisdom teeth — one for each corner of the mouth. Much of the time, people’s mouths are too small to fit these additional molars, so removal of third molars is recommended in the early to mid-teen years before the teeth are fully developed.
There are many benefits to having your molars removed early:
- Easier procedure and recovery for patients. Third molars are smaller at earlier stages of development, which leads to a less invasive procedure and a faster healing time for our patients. It’s common for us to hear from our patients how easy their wisdom teeth extraction 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 later.
Oral surgeons and their trained teams are specialists in the extraction of third molars at any developmental stage. Our oral surgeons are experts at administering anesthesia for the most comfortable extraction procedure possible, and you or your child will be constantly monitored by our team during your procedure. If you are interested in learning more about wisdom teeth removal at our friendly Pocatello, 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 Pocatello, ID
During you or your child’s consultation appointment at Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho, your oral surgeon will conduct an oral exam and take diagnostic images to create a detailed surgical plan for your specific case — he will then give you an estimate of the cost of the extraction. The cost will be based on how many teeth will be extracted, the type of anesthesia is chosen for the procedure, and how difficult the extraction will be. For example, if your wisdom teeth are impacted, your procedure will be a bit more complex. Your insurance coverage will also factor into the overall cost of your treatment. We accept many types of insurance and have multiple payment options for your convenience.
If you or your child need a wisdom teeth extraction procedure, we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our Preston, ID, oral surgeons, Drs. Baker or Jepsen. It is our goal to provide the best in gentle, compassionate oral surgery care at competitive prices for our southeast Idaho area.
Investing in the Future of Your Oral Health
Most dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth be extracted early, before they begin to cause painful and costly oral health problems like impaction. If left untreated, the complications that can arise may require orthodontic or more complex surgical treatments to correct. A proactive approach to wisdom teeth is smart and cost-effective for several reasons:
- Avoid costly (and painful) dental treatment in the future. Avoiding oral health issues before they arise, such as impaction, dental shifting, oral infections, gum disease, and damage or crowding of nearby teeth, is the main reason dental professional recommend removal of wisdom teeth before they emerge into the dental arch.
- Easier surgery/faster recovery. Young people tend to recover more quickly from the oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth because the teeth are less developed and therefore easier to remove — and the faster your recovery is, the less likely you are to require time away from work or school.
We want wisdom teeth removal to be as easy as possible for our patients, so we like to make payment convenient. We accept several insurance plans and payment methods. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have — it is our privilege to help guide you through the process of wisdom teeth extraction at our Pocatello, ID, practice.