Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ
If the wisdom tooth removal procedure is particularly difficult, we may recommend that the wisdom teeth are removed under a general anaesthetic by our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon specialist in a clinical/hospital setting.
Stitches are usually used to close the socket after the tooth is removed. A socket may not heal and can become a ‘dry socket’. Sometimes tingling or numbness of the lower lip and/or the tongue occurs after the operation.
A dry socket is more likely to occur after lower wisdom teeth extraction, and with patients who are smokers.
It is not serious as the lip moves quite normally (the nerve to the muscles of the lip are not affected). Most cases take a few weeks for the last bit of numbness to completely disappear, while a small number take a few months. Very rare cases have been known where a small area of numbness lasts for years.
Occasionally a similar feeling of numbness may extend along the side of the tongue due to the bruising of another nearby nerve. Again, this feeling of numbness is likely to be of a very temporary nature.
In office, at BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the extraction will usually take around 30 to 60 minutes If performed in a clinical setting it will usually take around 45 to 90 minutes For extraction under general anaesthetic at the clinic you will usually be at the clinic for around 2 to 3 hours. In some cases you might have to stay overnight for observation
The fee for your treatment is determined by a number of factors that may include the difficulty involved in removing your teeth and which type of anesthesia is best for you.
During your consultation appointment, our Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon will need to review your x-rays, complete an examination, and determine the best option for anesthesia before an accurate estimate can be provided.
Every insurance company has a different policy regarding the extent of coverage for a given surgical procedure. We will help you obtain maximum insurance coverage for your treatment.
If you are 30 or above then things change, consideration of long term future of the teeth vs risks of surgery and other factors will be discussed with you. Cases are individual and we recommend to have a consultation with our Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon to find out if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed or not
If you need more than one wisdom tooth removed then it is best to remove them all in one sitting.People have been surveyed on the different combinations of treatment; all who had all 4 wisdom teeth removed say they would do it again this way, those who had 1 or 2 removed and the other side removed at a later date all felt they would have rather had it done at one sitting. So I would recommend you have everything that needs to be done performed in one sitting.
Schedule a Wisdom Teeth Examination
At BC Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon can perform an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems, whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, if there is room for them to erupt, and how difficult it will be to have them removed
Contact us today to arrange for a wisdom teeth examination to determine whether you may or may not require wisdom tooth removal.