Wisdom Teeth Removal
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With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Whitman, Dr. Martinez, Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Tillery, Dr. Giglou or Dr. True can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.
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how do i know if i need my Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of problems can happen. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structure is fully developed. In some patients, it is as early as 12 or 13, and in others, it may not be until the early twenties. Problems tend to occur with increasing frequency after the age of 30. Some of the possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth include:
The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis, (a localized gum infection). Without enough room for a total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.
Non-infectious diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts are fluid-filled “balloons” inside the jaw bone that develop as a result of impacted teeth and slowly expand destroying adjacent jaw bone and occasionally teeth. They can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumors can be associated with the delayed removal of wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable with the front teeth, primarily the lower front teeth and is most commonly seen after a patient has had braces. There are a number of factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or in early adulthood. Retained, impacted wisdom teeth may be a contributing factor. Unless you have an active problem when you see the oral surgeon, the reason for removal is primarily to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone.
Damage to Adjacent Teeth:
If there is inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.
What If I Don’t Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed As A Teenager Or Young Adult?
As wisdom teeth develop, the roots become longer and the jaw bone denser. When it is necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth in your thirties, forties or beyond, the post-operative course can be prolonged and there is a higher complication rate. Treating these complications is often more difficult and less predictable than with a younger patient. Healing may be slower and the chance of infection can be increased. If your impacted wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years or early in your twenties and they are completely impacted in bone, it may be advisable to wait until a localized problem (such as cyst formation or localized gum disease and bone loss) develops. In general, you will heal faster, more predictably and have fewer complications if treated in your teens or early twenties.
What Happens On The Day Wisdom Teeth Are Removed?
Most people prefer to be unaware of the experience when they have their wisdom teeth removed and usually decide to be sedated. You will be provided with appropriate anesthesia options at your consultation. All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Our office staff has the training, licensing, and experience to provide the various types of anesthesia. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and a well trained experienced staff. The Surgical Care Team, the office facilities, and the doctors are inspected on behalf of the Board of Dental Examiners on a regular basis.
On the day of your procedure, you will take medications to help minimize post-operative pain and swelling. We ask that a parent or responsible adult accompanies you to the office and plans to stay with you the rest of the day. The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes and you will probably be in the office for 90 minutes. Recent advances in medicine and technology allow patients to undergo wisdom tooth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort. State of the art sterilization and infection control techniques are used at all times.
On the morning or afternoon of your surgery, it is essential that you have nothing to eat or drink (excluding prescription medications with a sip of water) for at least 6 hours (preferably longer). This does not mean you should try to fit in one “last meal” exactly six hours before your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications, including nausea and vomiting. Your procedure will be rescheduled if you have not heeded these guidelines. We may provide you with a prescription for pain medication at your consultation appointment, which for your convenience, can be filled in advance. When you are seated in the surgical room, we will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible. If you are going to be sedated, we usually will place an IV in your left arm. This is a quick and nearly painless procedure that ensures optimal delivery of your medication. Local anesthesia is given to you afterward to ensure comfort, and allow adequate time to travel home and rest. You will be sleepy for a significant portion of the day.
The Day of Treatment
Be sure to have an adult with you at the time of removal. Make plans to have a parent or responsible adult stay with you for the rest of the day, following wisdom tooth removal.
If your surgery requires stitches, these are usually the type that dissolves in 3 to 5 days and do not require removal. You may also notice a sensation of your gums feeling swollen and pulling away from your teeth. This is all part of the normal recovery and will subside in several days.
Once the local anesthesia wears off, you may require prescription pain medication. Please try non-narcotic anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil®) first, to see if that adequately treats your pain. If not, begin your other prescription pain medication. The local anesthesia may last until the following day, and should not be confused with an injury to your nerve. We recommend starting your post-operative diet with clear liquids such as jello and broths, gradually increasing in substance as your body permits.
We do not recommend using dairy products such as yogurt, ice cream or milkshakes on the day of surgery, as nausea and vomiting may develop in conjunction with the anesthetic and pain medication. If you are given antibiotics and you take birth control pills, please be aware that the birth control pills might become ineffective and take appropriate precautions.
What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost And Is It Covered By Insurance?
The fee for your treatment is determined by a number of factors. These may include the difficulty involved in removing your teeth and which type of anesthesia is best for you. During your consultation appointment, the 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. The oral surgeon’s office staff will help you obtain maximum insurance coverage for your treatment.
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What If I Have Questions Before Surgery?
At the time of your consultation, your specific situation will be discussed in greater detail. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have.
The Day of Treatment
Please do not eat or drink anything prior to your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications.
Orlando Oral & Facial Surgery
Patient Review by Sean S
Great and easy visit. Dr. Whitman is great and the office staff was very friendly
- Sean S
Patient Review by Nancy D
Would recommend to anyone
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Patient Review by Derrick C
Dr. Giglou and his Team was amazing. If you ever had dental surgery then you know what it takes to have 4 teeth pulled.
- Derrick C
Patient Review by Katherine D
I can’t say enough wonderful things about this office! From check in to check out, everyone was so pleasant and helpful. I spent 15 minutes with Dr Whitman and he was personable, professional and made me feel very at ease about my upcoming procedure. I have some anxiety surrounding anything dental related but didn’t even have a hint of it during this appointment. Dr. Whitman truly listened to me and created a solid plan for me, something that I am actually excited about happening so I can finally get some relief! I would recommend him and his staff to anyone needing oral surgery!!
- Katherine D
Patient Review by Athena W
I was very satisfied with my visits and care. I got an appointment the next day and was able to schedule the procedure within the next week. The receptionists, nurses, and doctor were all efficient, helpful, knowledgeable, and caring.
- Athena W
Patient Review by Nely B
The doctor was super nice and friendly so were the nurses in the front desk
- Nely B
Patient Review by Merania J
Very professional, kind staff and doctor.
- Merania J
Patient Review by Chelsey B
I was made to feel very comfortable for my first visit! Loved this office and staff.
- Chelsey B
Patient Review by Sandra G
Orlando Oral & Facial Surgery staff was very accommodating and professional. Dr. Whitman was super friendly & understanding.
- Sandra G
Patient Review by Emmary W
Super awesome friendly staff! Dr Whitman is awesome ! Appointment was a breeze! Would definitely recommend!
- Emmary W
Patient Review by Jeanette S
Great visit. Just wait on phone was long
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Patient Review by Mariel P
The place is great
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Patient Review by scott C
Super nice felt like I was talking to a friend
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Patient Review by Jeff S
People were professional and courteous. Was very pleased with all personnel. I look forward to getting my wisdom tooth problem corrected. Thank you for all of the kind and courteous responses.
- Jeff S
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Patient Review by Leigh D
Dominique on the front desk was very pleasant and helpful. Dr. Tillery was awesome! Made me feel comfortable on the day of my consultation and very comfortable on the day of my appointment. - (Thanks for being so nice, I was very nervous) Debbie - You are an Angel 🙂 Called for advice. She gave it, it worked and she followed up as promised.
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Patient Review by Renee S
This appointment was for wisdom teeth extraction consultation for my 16 year old granddaughter. The entire staff was amazing and Dr. Whitman was amazing. All doctors should practice his bedside manner, explanations and personality. He had it all. I would totally recommend this office to anyone. We have scheduled the extractions.
- Renee S
Patient Review by Christina O
I accidentally went to the wrong office, this made me 30min late for my procedure. I was worked back into the schedule and treated wonderfully even though I felt awful for being late. By the time they came into the room and hooked me up to the medication i had enough time to blink I was done. They stayed with me the whole time. I really hope in my loopy state I didn't say anything embarrassing, not they they would tell me, they were incredibly professional. I will be seeing him in about 6mths for jaw surgery and have 100% faith and trust in Dr.Whitman and his team. Thanks all!!
- Christina O
Patient Review by Leisl E
Jill was awesome, as was Dr Whitman.
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