Wisdom Teeth Removal
Prevent Impaction and Protect Your Oral Health
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the final set of teeth to grow into the mouth. Although some wisdom teeth grow in without causing any issues, it is common for these last molars to present with issues. Wisdom teeth have a tendency to grow sideways, become impacted, and cause oral health complications.
Though wisdom teeth generally emerge from the gums during early adulthood, they can start developing beneath the gums as early as age 11 or 12. It’s recommended that wisdom teeth are extracted to prevent future problems from arising.
Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth
Dental checkups are key to detecting the growth of wisdom teeth, and dentists generally refer patients to an oral surgeon when it’s time to have these teeth removed. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to get your wisdom teeth taken out:
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Jaw pain
- Red or swollen gums
- Ongoing bad breath
- Pain or difficulty when opening the mouth
- Seeing a wisdom tooth poking up through the gums
Top 3 Benefits of Removing Wisdom Teeth
- Prevent damage to nearby teeth
- Prevent or treat impaction
- Prevent dental shifting
The Process of Extracting Wisdom Teeth
During your first visit, we will take 3D CBCT scans of your teeth and mouth to get a clear understanding of the location and development of your wisdom teeth. Patients typically undergo general anesthesia during the extraction procedure.
After the anesthesia has been administered, your oral surgeon will lift the gum tissue to expose the wisdom teeth. Some teeth can simply be removed with forceps, while others may need to be broken into smaller pieces first. Any incisions will be stitched closed, and you will rest in our comfortable recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. Your designated driver will take you home.
After wisdom teeth are removed, you have the option to have them stored in a secure laboratory for future use in regenerative medicine. Amarillo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is a certified Stemodontics® provider. We are happy to discuss your options for stem cell banking during your first appointment.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost and Other Questions
The cost of having wisdom teeth removed varies depending on the number of teeth, details of your insurance, and the type of anesthesia. Dr. Graves, Dr. Wilkinson, and Dr. Gonzalez Aguilar have been trained to safely administer all types of anesthesia.
Hear From Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom teeth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients
Devin Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"It’s not your standard doctor’s office. It’s so much more. The staff especially, they put my mind at ease. They talked me through the entire procedure. When I first met Dr. Graves, he was very professional, answered any questions I might have had. My experience here was great: came in, got the surgery, was out by 9 o’clock, and on with my life. The recovery time was quick and easy. On a scale of one to five stars, I would give Dr. Graves five stars."
Debbie Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"I found out from my dentist that I had some wisdom teeth that needed to be cut out. I met Dr. Graves first, and I came in, and he extracted my four wisdom teeth. I was very nervous because I have a phobia of being at the dentist. Since my experience with Dr. Graves and Dr. Wilkinson, I have no longer even needed medication to get my teeth cleaned. I need at least about, I know, eight implants, and I am just very comfortable knowing that Dr. Wilkinson or Dr. Graves are going to take good care of me and that I have nothing to worry about. I can walk in with confidence."
Ryne Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"I came to see Dr. Graves because it was time to have my wisdom teeth taken out. They asked me a few questions, like where I went to school, and then they told me to count down from 10. I only got to nine, and I went to sleep. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was pretty great actually. It took about two days for the swelling to go down, and my mouth didn't hurt at all. Dr. Graves is a really nice guy. He's funny, and he knows what to say, knows what to do. He's really good at his job. If any of my friends needed to get their wisdom teeth out, I'd definitely say go to Amarillo Oral Surgery."
Joe Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"I've never been to a dentist, and after 59 years, I ended up with a cavity, which is in front of the wisdom teeth, so they needed to remove those in order to repair the one cavity that I had. I didn't really know what to expect. I sent both of my kids to have their teeth done, and after I had it done, well, it was a breeze, just the way they told me: "It wasn't no problem, Dad." Dr. Graves was just awesome. He's super friendly and super nice. He kind of made me laugh and everything. The procedure went actually really good. After I left here, I actually went shopping with my wife. I would refer anybody to Amarillo Oral Surgery."
Tripp Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal ProcedureWatch Review
"I was just one day eating dinner, and I started feeling this kind of pain that would just really not go away. Then, we went and got X-rays, and I had five wisdom teeth, which is kind of unusual. When I found out I had to get my wisdom teeth taken out, I was kind of scared at first because this was the first surgery where I had to be put to sleep, and so it was kind of nerve-racking just in that sort of sense. I think Dr. Graves is a great doctor and great person, it seemed like. He's just a happy person, just makes me smile and laugh and stuff, so I just remember that. I had a smooth recovery after I got my wisdom teeth taken out. Actually, we went on a week-long trip to Europe three or four days after I had my wisdom teeth taken out, so it was pretty simple. There was no hiccups or anything. If any of my friends in Canyon, Amarillo, or Tool, or Happy needed to get their wisdom teeth taken out, I'd definitely refer them to Amarillo Oral Surgery."
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If you have questions about a procedure, financing, or anything else, please reach out to us at any time. Our team is here to help, and we look forward to caring for you and your loved ones.