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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

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."

Alicia got dental implants in Tucson, AZ
Alicia Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"Well, my sister got her wisdom teeth out — extracted — first, and so when my sister's wisdom teeth extraction was so good (she had a great experience) that we just had to come back for my wisdom teeth extraction as well. I wasn't really nervous because I saw how great the recovery that my sister had was. The doctor was talking to me — I had met Dr. Wood before so I knew who he was — so that made it a lot calmer to me. The procedure itself — it went really smoothly, and I just remember waking up and just knowing they were taking care of me. My recovery went really well. I just made sure to lay low and for about three or four days, I was eating really soft foods. Within a week or two later, I was eating regular foods. Dr. Wood was really nice. He's really funny too, and he just knows how to calm you down. He's really friendly. The staff was really welcoming to me as I came in. They always make sure that you're comfortable in your situations. One of my favorite things that they did was Dr. Wood called the night after to see how they were doing and to check up on them, on the recovery. And so it's really just a welcoming place to come, and I think that the recovery went really well."

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

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"I came to Arizona Oral Surgeons to get my wisdom teeth pulled. It was time for them to be taken out because they were growing in, so they needed to get rid of them so they won't bug me later on. I was very nervous indeed. I've never been knocked out/put under anesthetic/put to sleep before, so I was very concerned about how it was going to be and what was going to happen afterwards because everyone reacts differently. It went really well! I was actually really happy that it went well instead of chaos, and they were being so nice, and they didn't act like it was their job. They treated me like a friend, not just a patient. My recovery was actually really good. I was fine, I was awake, I wasn't groggy or anything. Dr. Coles was a really, really nice guy. I had fun. "

Jerry got his wisdom teeth removed in Tucson, AZ
Jerry Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I had a problem with a wisdom tooth that I needed pulled, and it was a molar next to it that it was having problems with. So, I came to Dr. Wood just to check it out. First of all, I needed that wisdom tooth pulled out, so he pulled that out, and then we talked a little bit about the other tooth, and he said, "Well, let me take a look at it." So he took some extra film, and he goes, "No problem with that. We'll go ahead and reconstruct it." So he did that for me as well, which I was very grateful because I didn't want to lose that molar. Dr. Wood and his staff are very, very nice. They calm you down; they talk to you, they walk you through the procedure, and very gentle. And "Let me know if there's any pain; we'll go ahead and fix it." I would recommend Dr. Wood to anyone. Yeah, good people. All his staff especially. They do good work here."

Kristy got a dental implant in Oro Valley, AZ
Kristy Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

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"I had fractured my tooth, and it had required an implant and bone graft. The staff here is very friendly. When you come in, they greet you at the door. Dr. Coles is very friendly, and he's reassuring. He went through every step of the process with me and informed me of what would go on in the recovery time. My surgery went very smooth. I came in, I went back, and I don't remember the rest. There was very little recovery time. It was a great experience. Everyone on the staff was very friendly, and he was a great doctor. As a dental professional, I would highly recommend Dr. Coles."

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.

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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.