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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Most people's mouths are not able to accommodate the growth of a third set of molars — the wisdom teeth — so dental professionals recommend removal before issues arise.

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As the last teeth to grow into the mouth, wisdom teeth tend to erupt sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. Also known as third molars, untreated wisdom teeth are the common cause of many oral health complications, which is why many dental professionals recommend that wisdom teeth are extracted before they erupt into the mouth and before they can affect oral health.

Dr. Nedbalski, Dr. Chai, and Dr. Luter are and perform many oral surgery procedures, including wisdom teeth removal. Hear what our patients are saying about their experience.

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Wisdom teeth are the last molars to grow into the mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. However, many dental health professionals recommend removing wisdom teeth before they are fully developed and erupt into the mouth due to the oral health problems they are known to cause.

Third molars, or wisdom teeth, usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 25. These are the final molars to grow in. Early monitoring of developing wisdom teeth is important when determining the best time for removal because it’s very common for these molars to cause problems even before symptoms arise. For many people, there isn’t enough room in the mouth for these four extra teeth, and without enough space, wisdom teeth can cause damage to adjacent molars or become impacted (trapped beneath the gums). In fact, wisdom teeth are the most likely teeth to become impacted. To avoid the potential oral health problems that impaction can cause, such as infection, crowding, pain, cysts, and more, most dental professionals recommend early removal of wisdom teeth.

Visit our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ page to learn the answers to questions patients just like you have about wisdom teeth removal.

When you have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, your dentist can refer you to an oral surgeon, such as Dr. Nedbalski, Dr. Chai, or Dr. Luter. Your oral surgeon will thoroughly examine your condition and review X-rays and another diagnostic scan to formulate the ideal treatment plan for you. Your options for anesthesia will also be discussed with you. Your oral surgeon will also take the time to answer any questions you may have about your treatment.

Why should wisdom teeth be removed early?

Wisdom teeth are commonly recommended for removal by dental health professionals for a couple of reasons:

Dr. Nedbalski, Dr. Chai, and Dr. Luter treat patients of all ages at Boulder Oral Surgery. With practices located in Boulder and Longmont, CO, they can diagnose and treat your condition with personalized treatment plans and the highest standard of care.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost

Boulder Oral Surgery strives to perform the very best oral surgery care at a fair price to our patients. We personalize every treatment plan to optimize oral health outcomes and improve the patient experience. Therefore, the cost of your treatment will depend on several factors, such as the number of wisdom teeth to be removed, anesthesia selection, and insurance coverage. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Nedbalski, Dr. Chai, or Dr. Luter at Boulder Oral Surgery to determine the most accurate estimate of your treatment costs.

Boulder Oral Surgery accepts many insurance options and payment plans. Visit our Financial & Insurance Options page to learn more.

Boulder Oral Surgery works with many insurance plans and accepts different forms of payment to ensure their patients can receive their services at a cost that is reasonable. To determine the most accurate estimate of your treatment, please contact our office in Boulder or Longmont for a consultation.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

You can learn more about wisdom teeth removal by contacting our practice in Boulder or Longmont, CO. Dr. Nedbalski, Dr. Chai, and Dr. Luter are oral surgeons who specialize in the safe administration of anesthesia and sedation as well as wisdom teeth removal procedures.

Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ

What are the symptoms of wisdom teeth coming in?

If discomfort, redness, or swelling is present behind your back molars, or if you experience an unpleasant taste in the mouth, your wisdom teeth may be impacted or infected. If you experience any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call your dentist.

Does wisdom teeth removal hurt?

Dr. Nedbalski, Dr. Chai, and Dr. Luter make every effort to ensure their patients are comfortable throughout treatment. Your options for anesthesia will be discussed during your consultation appointment. Post-operative discomfort may be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication.

What is the cost of wisdom teeth removal?

The type of anesthesia, insurance coverage, and depth of impaction will all factor into the final cost of your wisdom teeth removal procedure. When you come to Boulder Oral Surgery for wisdom teeth removal, you will receive an estimate of your cost of treatment after your consultation appointment.

Does everyone need their wisdom teeth removed?

In general, most people do not have the extra space for four more molars in the mouth. Your dentist will be able to monitor your wisdom teeth as they develop using X-rays or other diagnostic scans, and they can refer you to an oral surgeon when it is time for them to be removed.

Why do my wisdom teeth have to be removed by an oral surgeon?

Wisdom teeth are often extracted while they are still beneath the gums, which makes for a more invasive procedure than a routine tooth extraction. Oral surgeons have received years of education and training beyond dental school to be able to practice the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including the safe administration of anesthesia. Because of their specialized training, oral surgeons are able to remove wisdom teeth and address any oral health or surgical complications such as impaction and infection.

How long is the average recovery time after wisdom teeth removal?

Most patients return to school or work two to four days following their wisdom teeth removal procedure.

What dietary restrictions must I follow, and for how long?

Most patients are recommended to follow a soft diet for three days following their wisdom teeth removal surgery. Your oral surgeon will provide specific pre- and post-operative instructions for you to follow to ensure optimal recovery and minimize your chance of complications. Our standard pre- and post-operative instructions can be found on our website.

Where can I have my wisdom teeth removed?

If you or your child have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal and live in the Boulder or Longmont area, we encourage you to contact Boulder Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nedbalski, Dr. Chai, or Dr. Luter.

Other questions?

At Boulder Oral Surgery, we are always happy to assist our patients. Please give us a call with any questions or concerns you may have.

Stem Cell Banking with Stemodontics®

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