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Wisdom Teeth Removal

It's recommended that wisdom teeth are removed early before they can cause a host of oral health complications, such as impaction or infection.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

About wisdom teeth removal

Dental shifting, pain, infection, and more are just a few of the common complications that can arise from untreated wisdom teeth. In fact, complications from wisdom teeth are so common that many dental health professionals recommend their early removal as a preventative measure.

For most people, wisdom teeth will begin to erupt into the dental arch sometime between the ages of 17 and 25. Many patients will find themselves getting their wisdom teeth removed at an earlier age, usually in the early to mid-teen years, as a way of preventing their wisdom teeth from causing oral health complications. Using X-rays and other diagnostic scans, your dentist will monitor the growth and development of your wisdom teeth, and can refer you to an oral surgeon at the appropriate time for their removal.

Questions about wisdom teeth removal? Visit our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ to learn more.

Dr. Zarrinkelk and Dr. Siavash are highly qualified oral surgeons who perform the full scope of oral surgery procedures at their practices in Ventura and Ojai, CA, including the removal of wisdom teeth. When you come to our practice for your first visit, your oral surgeon will review your medical history, X-rays, and diagnostic scans, as well as complete an oral examination to create your ideal treatment plan. To keep you comfortable throughout your oral surgery procedure, your options for anesthesia will also be discussed. This first visit is also a great time to have your questions and concerns addressed. We are happy to take the time to help you feel at ease and confident with your treatment plan.

Why should wisdom teeth be removed early?

Preventative removal of the wisdom teeth is very common. Since problems such as dental crowding, dental shifting, pain, infection, cysts, and other issues associated with untreated wisdom teeth often come with costly and uncomfortable treatment, it is prudent to remove the wisdom teeth before they have the opportunity to cause unnecessary complications. Since wisdom teeth tend to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25, many patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal are in their early to mid-teens. Younger patients tend to heal faster due to their improved natural healing abilities and underdeveloped wisdom teeth, which can lead to a smoother procedure. However, wisdom teeth can be removed at virtually any age.

Dr. Zarrinkelk and Dr. Siavash provide oral surgery treatments at their practice to patients of all ages. If your child has been referred for wisdom teeth removal, we encourage you to contact our practice and schedule a consultation.

Wisdom teeth removal cost

Greater Ventura Oral & Facial Surgery strives to provide the full scope of oral surgery services at the fairest price to their patients. Since every treatment plan is customized to suit the individual needs of the patient, the exact cost of treatment varies from patient to patient. In general, the number of wisdom teeth to be removed, anesthesia selection, and insurance coverage will all factor into the final cost of treatment. Please review our Financial & Insurance Policy to learn more.

The best way to learn about your cost of treatment is to schedule a consultation appointment at our practice. Once a treatment plan has been designed just for you, we will be able to provide the most accurate cost estimate.

Investing in Your Oral Health

Many dental health professionals recommend wisdom teeth be removed before they can cause costly and unnecessary oral health complications. While wisdom teeth removal involves an upfront cost, the cost of potential complications from untreated wisdom teeth can quickly add up.

Greater Ventura Oral & Facial Surgery accepts many forms of payment and works with several insurance plans to help patients receive the oral surgery services they need. The estimated cost of treatment will be provided to you after your consultation appointment with Dr. Zarrinkelk or Dr. Siavash.

Whether you are ready to schedule an appointment or have a few questions, we encourage you to call our practice. We look forward to meeting you.

Wisdom teeth removal FAQ

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF WISDOM TEETH COMING IN?

Some patients experience many symptoms before their wisdom teeth come in, and others will hardly experience any at all. Your dentist will monitor the growth and development of your wisdom teeth with X-rays and diagnostic scans during your regular checkups; however, any discomfort, redness, or swelling behind the molars may signal infection or impaction and requires prompt evaluation from a dental health professional. Please notify your dentist if you are experiencing these or any other symptoms that your wisdom teeth may be coming in. Your dentist will be able to evaluate your condition and advise your next steps for treatment.

DOES WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL HURT?

Your comfort is a top priority to everyone at Greater Ventura Oral & Facial Surgery. Your options for anesthesia will be discussed and selected during your consultation appointment to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure. Your oral surgeon will advise you on how to manage any postoperative discomfort, which may include over-the-counter or prescription medication.

WHAT IS THE COST OF WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL?

Every treatment plan is customized to meet a patient’s unique condition and goals for treatment. As such, the cost of treatment varies from patient to patient. Factors such as number of wisdom teeth to be removed, type of anesthesia used, and insurance coverage will all determine the final cost of treatment.

DOES EVERYONE NEED THEIR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

In general, most people simply do not have enough room to accommodate four extra molars. In fact, lack of space is a common reason why wisdom teeth are prone to causing so many oral health issues. Your dentist will monitor your wisdom teeth with X-rays or other diagnostic scans and can refer you to an oral surgeon if they need to be removed.

WHY DO MY WISDOM TEETH HAVE TO BE REMOVED BY AN ORAL SURGEON?

Removing wisdom teeth before they have erupted into the dental arch involves surgically cutting into the gum tissue and extracting the tooth, taking care not to disrupt any surrounding teeth, nerves, or other delicate structures. Naturally, this procedure is much more involved and invasive than a simple tooth extraction. An oral surgeon has completed many more years of training and education beyond dental school to be able to safely, effectively, and confidently perform the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. Oral surgeons are also uniquely qualified to administer anesthesia safely.

HOW LONG IS THE AVERAGE RECOVERY TIME AFTER WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL?

Most patients find they can return to work within 2 to 4 days after having their wisdom teeth removed.

WHAT DIETARY RESTRICTIONS MUST I FOLLOW, AND FOR HOW LONG?

It is a good idea to follow a diet of soft foods for the days immediately following your wisdom teeth removal procedure. You will be given specific pre- and post-operative instructions to follow to enhance your recovery and minimize the risk of complications.

WHERE CAN I HAVE MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?

Greater Ventura Oral & Facial Surgery has two convenient practices located in Ventura and Ojai, CA. If you or your child have been recommended for wisdom teeth removal, we encourage you to contact one of our offices and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Zarrinkelk or Dr. Siavash.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

We are always happy to help our patients throughout their treatment. Please give us a call if you have any questions.