Wisdom Teeth Removal
in Eden Prairie, MN
Some patients’ wisdom teeth grow in correctly, while others are actually born without wisdom teeth. For patients who aren’t so lucky, our team at Prairie Dental Group would be happy to help. At Prairie Dental Group, we offer gentle, precise extractions to remove your wisdom teeth and prevent future complications. Many people think that they must be referred to an oral surgeon for a wisdom teeth extraction, but we can do it all in-house! Schedule your consultation with our Eden Prairie dentist today!
Reasons for Removal
The human jaw used to be quite a bit larger than it is now, and as our jaws have become smaller over many millennia, we now find that there is often not enough room for patients’ third molars to grow in properly. This can lead to overcrowding and shifting in the surrounding teeth. Additionally, your wisdom teeth may be impacted, which can lead to severe infection and painful eruption. Before creating a plan for your wisdom teeth surgery, our team will take comprehensive images of your mouth to determine what kind of extraction is necessary.
The Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Each wisdom teeth procedure is different, and the cost of treatment varies from patient to patient. We are an insurance-friendly practice, and we accept several payment methods. If you’re uninsured, we also offer our in-house dental savers plan which, for a low monthly payment, covers your preventive care and gives you a discount on additional services. For out-of-pocket costs, we also accept financing through CareCredit®. Feel free to speak with someone in our front office to see how we can make your wisdom teeth removal affordable!
Is wisdom teeth removal painful?
Wisdom tooth procedures are intimidating for many patients, but they don’t have to be. In addition to using a local anesthetic to numb the gums and teeth, we also offer a wide range of dental sedation to make wisdom teeth removal services much more relaxed. For more minor procedures, we often recommend utilizing nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, while IV sedation and general anesthesia are typically reserved for more complex treatments. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask our knowledgeable team.
What is wisdom tooth removal recovery like?
Immediately following your procedure, the effects of anesthesia will still be wearing off. Please arrange to have someone take you home from your appointment. After your procedure, our team will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and prescription pain medication if necessary. Once you get home, you should prop your head up on a few pillows and gently hold an ice pack to your cheek to reduce swelling. For the first few days after surgery, stick with soft foods and do not drink out of a straw, as this can lead to a painful dry socket.
How long does it take to recover from wisdom tooth extraction?
We always recommend that patients take at least two or three days off from school and work to rest and recover after a wisdom tooth removal. The rate at which you recover will depend on how many teeth you have removed, whether or not they’re impacted, and how long it generally takes you to recover from procedures. Once you are able to return to normal daily activities, you will still want to avoid exercising or doing anything too strenuous for another couple of days, as too much exertion can disrupt the healing process.