Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to emerge. These molars usually erupt during the teenage years or early 20s but can start developing under the gums as early as ages 10–12. Wisdom teeth are prone to causing costly and uncomfortable oral health complications such as impaction, tooth crowing, and more because most people’s mouths are too small for them to grow into the dental arch correctly. Dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth be removed early, before they have erupted, to avoid these complications. Wisdom teeth extraction surgery is typically less complex for younger patients because their wisdom teeth have not yet completely developed — so recovery is often easier and faster. At our trusted Preston, 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.
Regular dental checkups are important so that your wisdom teeth can be monitored as they develop, and potential complications can be addressed early. Even wisdom teeth that appear to be growing in properly can change course and start to cause problems unexpectedly. When it’s time for the wisdom teeth to be removed, your dentist will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for your extraction procedure because wisdom teeth extractions are usually performed under sedation — 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 Preston, ID, practice. We encourage you to schedule a consultation appointment where everything about your procedure will be explained so that you can be at ease 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 relaxed about your or your child’s procedure. Check it out!
Why should my third molars be removed early?
Even though most people have four wisdom teeth — one for each corner of the mouth — it turns out there is usually not enough room in people’s mouths to accommodate these extra teeth. The result is often uncomfortable and costly oral health complications. Dental professionals agree that there is a lot of wisdom in treating these molars early, usually in the early to mid-teen years, to outsmart any potential problems before they begin.
There are many benefits to having wisdom teeth removed early, before they are fully developed:
- Simple procedure/easy recovery. Early in their development, third molars are still small, so removing them is easier and recovery is shorter. Many of our patients have shared with us how easy their oral surgery experience was at our practice.
- Safeguarding your oral health. Untreated wisdom teeth can cause complications such as bleeding, swelling, and discomfort — especially if they become impacted — and these issues will require additional treatment. Avoid complications completely by having your wisdom teeth removed early.
Drs. Baker and Jepsen of Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho in Preston, ID, have years of training in the administration of anesthesia and have years of experience in the surgical techniques required to perform comfortable and minimally invasive wisdom teeth extractions. Our entire team is dedicated to your comfort and safety, and you will be constantly monitored by our skilled clinical staff during your procedure. It’s our goal to make our patients feel like family at our practice, with attentive, compassionate service every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about wisdom teeth removal at our friendly Preston, 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. We look forward to caring for you and your family at Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost in Preston, ID
Not only are we dedicated to safe and comfortable wisdom teeth extractions for our patients, but we also want payment to be convenient for our patients, so we accept many types of insurance and have multiple payment options. An estimate of the cost of your wisdom teeth extraction will be determined during your consultation appointment at Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho. During this appointment, your oral surgeon will conduct an oral exam and take diagnostic images to develop a personalized treatment plan for you or your child. The cost will be based on this treatment plan and will depend on a few factors: 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 and that will be reflected in your estimate. Your insurance coverage will also factor into the cost of your treatment.
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 welcoming Preston, ID, practice. It is our goal to provide the best in gentle, compassionate oral surgery care that is also financially possible for our southeast Idaho community.
Investing in the Future of Your Oral Health
There’s a reason most dental professionals agree that wisdom teeth should be extracted early. In fact, there are several reasons! Untreated wisdom teeth are famous for causing oral health problems such as impaction that may require orthodontic or more complex surgical treatments to correct in the future. A proactive approach to treating wisdom teeth is recommended for the following reasons, and more:
- 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 whose wisdom teeth are removed early will not have to suffer these complications. Fewer complications mean less treatment – and that equals less cost, less hassle, and less discomfort!
- Enjoy a faster, easier surgery and recovery. Younger people usually recover quickly from wisdom teeth extraction procedures because their wisdom teeth are less developed and therefore easier to remove surgically. The faster your recovery, the less likely you are to miss work or school.
We want wisdom teeth removal to be as easy and convenient as possible for our Preston, ID, patients. We accept several insurance plans and payment methods. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. It is our privilege to help guide you through your oral surgery experience at our practice.