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Wisdom teeth removal in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ
Wisdom teeth removal in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Tucson, AZ

Quick and Comfortable Third Molar Extraction

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to grow in the back of the mouth. They usually develop during your teens or early twenties after all of the other adult teeth have developed. There is often not enough room for an additional set of molars. This is why dental experts recommend having wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible by an oral surgeon.

Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, Dr. Negin Saghafi, and Dr. Jerome Holbrook regularly extract wisdom teeth at our office in Tucson, AZ. We walk you through every step of treatment, and we offer many anesthesia options to ensure your comfort. Contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons if you or your child have third molars and need them extracted. 

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Because there is not enough room for an extra set of molars, wisdom teeth may only partially erupt through the gums. Some wisdom teeth remain fully trapped beneath gums. These teeth are considered to be impacted, and an impacted wisdom tooth must be surgically removed. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can lead to infections, dental overcrowding, and cause discomfort. 

It is rare for a wisdom tooth to develop without causing any issue. Your dentist will check for wisdom teeth during routine visits and refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for treatment. Even if you are not in any discomfort, your wisdom teeth can still cause many health problems that require treatment. Untreated wisdom teeth can lead to: 

  • Damage to adjacent teeth and their roots
  • Infections of the tissue 
  • Cysts or tumors 
  • Chronic bad breath caused by infection
  • Pain and swelling
  • Difficulty fully opening the mouth

These problems are avoidable by having wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible. If your wisdom teeth have already started causing problems or if you’d like an evaluation, contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. Our oral surgeons in Tucson, AZ, have experience performing wisdom tooth removal at any stage of the growth process.

When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Most wisdom teeth begin developing during the late teens or early twenties. Dental professionals recommend having them removed before they fully develop. This is usually between the ages of 17 and 24. Early extraction when these teeth are not yet fully developed makes for a smoother surgical procedure and faster recovery.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

During your consultation, we will take 3D scans of your teeth, outline the details of your treatment, and answer any questions. Most patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure, but we will outline all of your anesthesia and sedation options. We often combine this with a local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any pain. Your surgeon will also give you pre-operative instructions to help you prepare for your procedure.

Once the local anesthesia and IV sedation are administered, your oral surgeon will make a small incision in the gum tissue. Your surgeon will remove the tooth whole or section it into smaller pieces, depending on its size. Once each tooth is removed, the surgical area will be sutured to promote faster healing. These sutures are usually dissolvable, so you won’t need to return to have them removed. You will rest in our office until your anesthesia wears off, then your driver will bring you home to recover. This person should monitor you for 24 hours.

Recovery is different for everyone, but patients are often back to their normal schedules within just a few days. The surgical sites will need to be kept clean for a couple of weeks until the empty tooth sockets heal fully. Do not smoke after surgery, as the suction could dislodge the blood clot forming within the sockets. This can cause a painful condition known as dry socket. 

A soft food diet is required for the first few days. As you get more comfortable, you can begin incorporating harder foods back into your diet. Your surgeon will provide you with post-operative instructions to guide you throughout the recovery process.

Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal 

The cost of having wisdom teeth removed varies for each patient. The total cost will depend on the number of wisdom teeth, dental insurance, anesthesia, and the overall complexity of the procedure. Our staff will provide you with the cost of your wisdom teeth removal during your first visit to our office.

Types of Anesthesia

We offer a variety of anesthesia choices to ensure a comfortable oral surgery experience.

Hear From Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients

These patients can tell you about their firsthand experience undergoing wisdom teeth removal at our office.

Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients

Patrick got his wisdom teeth removed in Oro Valley, AZ
Patrick Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I had a dentist appointment down in Douglas, Arizona, and the dentist noticed that — believe it or not — I had four wisdom teeth, so they referred me to AZOMS in Tucson. The staff at AZOMS — they were like family. They were really nice. Dr. Coles — he’s the man. He took his time to answer all my questions. When I woke up after the surgery, I didn’t feel any pain. Come see Dr. Coles — you won’t be disappointed."

Shelby got her wisdom teeth removed in Oro Valley, AZ
Shelby Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I had my braces on, and to get my braces off, I had to get my wisdom teeth removed just because they didn't want them to move my teeth around after I got my braces off. I thought it was going to be way worse than it was. I was really scared, and I thought it was going to take forever to recover, but it wasn't that bad. Dr. Wood is really, really cool. He made it way easier because he's so uplifting. The minute you walk in, everybody is so positive, and it makes it way easier to just — if you're nervous about it — everybody is so nice, and so it makes you just want to come in and get it over with. It's pretty quick — you're in and out pretty quick — so it makes it a lot easier. I would definitely recommend all my friends that live in either Corona, or Tucson, or Oro Valley, to definitely come to Arizona Oral Surgeons."

Deaven had her wisdom teeth removed in Tucson, AZ
Deaven Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"My dentist told me that my wisdom teeth were very impacted and that I should get them out. The recommendations for this place were really good, and then the first time that I came for the consultation, they made me feel super comfortable, and it just seemed like a really nice place to go. The staff themselves were just very relaxing, and they talked in a tone and talked to me like I was an adult and like they knew that I was scared, but they made it feel super relaxed and comfortable. Dr. Wood is a really great oral surgeon and definitely very comforting. It was just an overall great experience. If you live in the Tucson area, and you need an oral surgery, AZOMS is definitely the place to be."

Sarah had her wisdom teeth removed in Oro Valley, AZ
Sarah Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I came to AZOMS to get my wisdom teeth out. I had been trying, well, meaning to get it taken care of for years, but I was just always afraid of the dentist and getting surgery. I was so nervous, but it was just a really easy procedure. I was surprised. You can tell that the nurses are very caring as soon as you walk in. They let me ask any of the questions that I had, made sure I completely understood. Oh, Dr. Wood is so nice. He comes in with a smile. He’s very gentle with his conversation and process when he’s describing it to you, making sure that you feel comfortable. Come see Dr. Wood at Arizona Oral Surgeons. You won’t be disappointed."

Sydney got her wisdom teeth removed in Oro Valley, AZ
Sydney Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I started having issues with my wisdom teeth at a golf tournament in Florida, and I didn't tell my parents because I didn't want them to freak out. It was just major pain; my cheek started swelling up because of the infection that was coming about. Dr. Wood made the procedure very easy for me. I was very pleased with how he treated me. Once I was done with my procedure, he called me that night. He also called me the next day just to make sure everything was going well. Coming to Dr. Wood was probably the best decision I made because they're so welcoming; it's almost as though they were part of the family or really close friends for a while. I would definitely recommend Arizona Oral Surgeons because of the family feel that you get and how welcoming and easy it is to get along with everyone."

Frequently Asked Questions

Do wisdom tooth extractions count as a dental emergency? 

Wisdom teeth removal is often not considered an oral and maxillofacial surgery emergency. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted and causing severe pain, you should contact our office immediately. Emergency extraction may be necessary. 

How long is wisdom tooth surgery? 

Wisdom teeth removal takes about one hour to remove all four wisdom teeth. This time will vary if you have more or less than four wisdom teeth, and depending on how many are impacted. 

How do I prepare for wisdom teeth removal? 

If you are undergoing IV sedation, do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. If your surgery is in the afternoon, you may have a light meal up to 6 hours beforehand. Wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up past the elbow. For more information, read the pre-operative instructions prior to your surgery.

What can I eat after wisdom teeth removal?

Eat soft foods for the first few days and resume your normal diet as tolerated. Eggs, yogurt, soups, mashed potatoes, and oatmeal are great options. Avoid hard foods and anything you have to bite or chew excessively. If it causes you pain to eat, you may be advancing your diet too quickly and should stick to soft foods.

Exceptional Outcomes From a Team You Can Trust

We’ve been caring for patients in southern Arizona for over 50 years. As board-certified experts, our surgeons bring years of training and expertise to you and your loved ones with the highest standards. Learn more about our office or contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons today to see how we can improve your oral health.