Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal is a procedure that removes the third set of molars in the back of the mouth. Short incisions are made in the gums to get the tooth out. Next, the incisions are stitched and closed. The stitches usually dissolve after a couple of days. The procedure usually takes 45 minutes or less to perform as an outpatient surgery.

Ideal candidates are healthy individuals whose wisdom teeth (the third set of molars in the back of the mouth) are impacted or formed at the wrong angle. Patients suffering from cavities or gum diseases are also suitable candidates for the procedure. Patients with bleeding disorders or unhealthy oral tissues are not suitable candidates.

The typical cost for wisdom teeth removal ranges from $200-$800. The factors that can influence the final cost include the number of teeth being removed, anesthesia fees, the geographic location of the procedure and if other procedures are performed at the same time.

The procedure removes the wisdom teeth of a patient. Most patients fully recover from the procedure in 3-7 days although the wound left behind takes a few months to completely heal. Daily activities can be resumed a day after the procedure but activities that could dislodge stitches or the blood clot over the wound should be avoided. Patients should also refrain from smoking, spitting and drinking from a straw during recovery. The sockets take 2-4 weeks to cover over with solid gum tissue. The underlying bone will heal in roughly 6 months.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

submitted on   Tue Jan, 26, 2016 by Kevin Brown, DDS     
A dental bridge uses a fixed prosthetic device to address missing teeth. The device is called a dental bridge because it bridges a gap between one or more missing teeth. The process uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge/artificial teeth located in-between the natural teeth. The...