Wisdom Teeth Removal in Oro Valley, AZ

Alleviate Pain and Protect Oral Health

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last molars that grow in the very back of the mouth. Most people develop four wisdom teeth, which finish growing in between ages 17 and 25. The average mouth does not have room for an extra set of molars. This is why dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible.

Dr. Robert Wood, Dr. Nicholas Coles, Dr. Negin Saghafi, and Dr. Holbrook extract wisdom teeth at our office in Oro Valley, AZ. As skilled oral surgeons, we offer many anesthesia and sedation options for your comfort. By having third molars removed, you prevent many oral health conditions from occurring. Contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons for an appointment if you or your child need wisdom teeth removed.

Why Have Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If wisdom teeth are fully erupted and positioned properly, they may not need to be removed. However, this is rare. In most cases, the jaws are too small for the extra molars and wisdom tooth removal is necessary.

Impacted wisdom teeth are teeth that are trapped beneath the gum tissue. An impacted wisdom tooth will not naturally erupt and must be surgically removed. If a tooth is partially impacted, or poking through the gum tissue, it becomes a magnet for bacteria. By leaving wisdom teeth untreated, you become susceptible to many oral health issues including:
  • Infections around the tooth and gum tissue, which can spread to healthy teeth
  • Pain and swelling
  • Dental overcrowding
  • Misalignment of your teeth caused by wisdom teeth that grow sideways and push against adjacent molars
  • The formation of cysts or tumors
  • Chronic bad breath caused by infection
  • Difficulty fully opening the mouth
You can avoid these problems by having wisdom teeth extracted by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Contact Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons today if it's time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth taken out.

When Should I Have Wisdom Teeth Taken Out?

The right time for removal depends on the development stage of the teeth. Third molars begin developing during the late teens or early twenties, and this is when dental experts recommend having them removed. Early extraction leads to an easier surgical procedure and a faster recovery. However, you can have wisdom teeth extracted at any age.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure

During your first visit to our practice, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons. We will take 3D scans of your mouth, discuss anesthesia options, and answer your questions regarding your oral and maxillofacial surgery procedure. You will return on a later date for the surgical procedure.

IV sedation is used for most wisdom tooth extractions. This requires a responsible adult to drive you to and from surgery and remain in the office during the procedure. When you arrive for your procedure, we will administer the anesthesia. Once it takes effect, your surgeon will remove erupted wisdom teeth using forceps.

For impacted teeth, your surgeon will make an incision in the gums to access and remove the tooth. Sometimes the wisdom teeth will be sectioned into smaller pieces for removal. Once the teeth are removed, the surgical sites will be sutured and you will rest until your anesthesia wears off. Your designated driver will take you home and should monitor you for 24 hours.

Eat soft foods for a few days after surgery. The surgical sites will have to remain clean while they heal over the next couple of weeks. Most patients find that they can return to their normal schedules after just a couple days of rest. You should not smoke or use a straw for one week. The suction could dislodge the blood clot within the tooth socket, resulting in a dry socket. If you have questions during recovery, contact our office. A member of our staff will be happy to help.

Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal

The cost of wisdom teeth removal varies for every patient. Several items factor into the total cost, including the number of wisdom teeth, dental insurance, anesthesia, and the overall complexity of the procedure. During the consultation, we will provide you with a cost estimate of your wisdom teeth removal procedure.

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.
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Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients

Meet CatherineDecember 2018

Catherine Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review

"I came to AZOMS to get my wisdom teeth extracted. When I walked in, everybody was super open, super friendly. They really helped out with my anxiety. Everyone was really, really nice. My procedure was very quick. It was over and done, and I barely felt anything afterward. I wasn’t sore or anything. Dr. Coles was super friendly, super laidback. He just helped me get adjusted to this place really quickly. He made the surgery very easy. I had a wonderful experience here, and I would definitely recommend AZOMS to anyone."

Meet StephanieJune 2017

Stephanie Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review

"I came here for surgery because I had an extra little wisdom tooth. They basically told me that I need to get them taken out so that I am able to have my teeth be as straight as possible. Dr. Wood is a very kind person. He introduced himself to me right away and said, "Hi, my name's Dr. Wood. You don't need to be scared; I'm here to help you." Nothing went wrong, so it was a success. Overall, I had a great experience here, actually. They called me over the weekend, and they called me again during the week, so they definitely made you feel like you were special. I'm happy I had my wisdom teeth taken out, and I feel much better. I highly recommend Dr. Wood."

Meet DanielleMarch 2017

Danielle Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review

"I came to Arizona Oral Surgeons because I had another friend who went here before, and he had a really good experience with it, so it made the process easier. I needed to get my wisdom teeth taken out, and so I had all four of them that needed to be removed. When I found out I needed to have them taken out, I was really nervous because I had never had any other type of surgery or anything like that before, so it was really scary for me at first. They were really, really welcoming when I came in, and they walked me through it and explained everything that was going to happen, and my mom was able to come back with me too, so it just all made it really simple. My procedure went really well. I don't really remember a whole lot after it, but when I was going in, I was really scared and they gave me a blanket, and they sat there with me and were very calm about it. My recovery was pretty good. Dr. Wood was really awesome because he called a few times and saw how I was doing. I would definitely recommend Arizona Oral Surgeons. It was a really good experience for me, and I don't think it could have gone any better."

Meet AmandaJanuary 2017

Amanda Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review

"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. "

Meet CynthiaNovember 2016

Cynthia Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure Watch Review

"I was referred by my dentist, so I just decided to try it. I had had kind of a traumatic extraction. I was really fearful, and I really wanted to get it done, and I wanted somebody to help me. I can truly say I did not feel a moment of anxiety or pain. I couldn't believe how easy it was, and I didn't ever think I'd ever say the word "easy" associated with a dental procedure. They called me and asked me how I was doing, and I didn't think doctors still did that. I really felt like Dr. Wood and his staff gave me a standard of what to expect from medical care, and I will forever compare everything else to how I was treated in his practice. I think he set a very high level of compassion, and that's what I want in medical care. I want not only the expertise but the compassion."

Frequently Asked Questions

Do they put you to sleep for wisdom teeth removal?

IV sedation is often used for wisdom tooth extractions. This puts you in a sleep-like state where you will not feel any pain. This is different from general anesthesia, which renders you completely unconscious. General anesthesia is reserved for complex surgical or reconstructive procedures, such as orthognathic surgery or treatment for facial trauma.

We often use a local anesthetic in addition to IV sedation to numb the surgical area. Local anesthesia provides additional comfort during and immediately after surgery. You can also choose EXPAREL®, the non-narcotic pain management option after oral surgery.

Is wisdom teeth removal covered by medical or dental insurance?

Most insurance companies cover some extent of wisdom teeth removal. You should contact your insurance provider directly to find out the details of your coverage. We recommend doing this prior to the consultation appointment.

How long is wisdom tooth removal surgery?

It takes about one hour to remove four wisdom teeth. This time varies if you have more or less than four molars and the complexity of your procedure.

What can I eat after wisdom teeth removal?

Eat soft foods for a few days and advance your diet as tolerated. This can include eggs, yogurt, soups, applesauce, mashed potatoes, or others that do not require excessive chewing. If it is uncomfortable to eat, you may be advancing your diet too quickly.

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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.

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