Dentists and oral surgeons recommend having wisdom teeth extracted as soon as possible. These teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to develop and often appear between the ages of 17 and 21. When left untreated, wisdom teeth can cause many issues including overcrowding, infection, pain, dental shifting, and swelling. Visit our Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQ to learn more about answers to common questions regarding third molars.
During the consultation, we will use 3D scans to take digital images of your teeth. These images show us the exact size, location, and angles of your wisdom teeth, leading to more accurate treatment plans and predictable results.
Dr. Tyler Boynton is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon determined to provide every patient with a comfortable and beneficial surgical experience. The entire team at Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is here to guide you or your child through every step of the surgical journey and provide continuous and compassionate support.
Oral surgeons regularly perform wisdom tooth extractions and are qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia. Patients often undergo IV sedation for this procedure, allowing you to rest in a semi-conscious state unable to feel pain. You will wake up when the procedure is over and be driven home by your prearranged driver, who should remain with you for 24 hours. By following our office’s detailed instructions closely, you can expect to return to your normal routine in several days or less following surgery.
Hear from our patients who have undergone wisdom tooth extractions to learn about the fantastic level of care that Dr. Boynton, Dr. McMahon, and his staff provide.
Why remove wisdom teeth?
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that has partially erupted but remains trapped beneath the gum tissue. Impacted teeth grow at an angle toward other molars and can push them out of alignment. The roots of wisdom teeth are large and unpredictable, posing a threat to nearby roots and nerves.
An impacted tooth is difficult to clean around, which can lead to infection that can spread to nearby gums and other teeth. Severe infection can lead to tooth decay or gum disease, plus the formation of cysts and tumors around the impacted tooth.
Some people develop all four wisdom teeth, while others never develop any. Younger patients often have easier surgical procedures and faster recoveries because the third molars have not yet fully developed. However, you can have wisdom teeth extracted at any age. In doing so, you decrease or eliminate the risk of oral health issues associated with wisdom teeth. This saves you time, money, and prevents discomfort.
Symptoms commonly caused by wisdom teeth include:
- Ongoing bad breath
- Seeing the tooth poking through the gums
- Pain and pressure near the back of the mouth
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Facial pain
- Irritated gums that become swollen or bleed easily
If you experience any of these, contact our office in Napa to schedule an appointment with Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon for an evaluation.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Napa, CA
Drs. Boynton, McMahon, and the team at Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants provide oral surgery care to patients at affordable rates. We are in network with several insurance plans and accept a variety of payment methods. Visit our Financial & Insurance Options page to learn more.
Several things factor into the total cost of wisdom tooth removal. These include the number of wisdom teeth, choice of anesthesia, insurance coverage, and overall extent of surgery. During your first visit, we will discuss all of these factors and provide you with a cost estimate prior to treatment. Request your appointment with Dr. Boynton or Dr. McMahon today for an evaluation of your oral health and a treatment plan custom to your needs.
Make the Investment in Your Oral Health
Some patients believe that as long as wisdom teeth are not causing pain, there is no reason to have them removed. This is not the case, as third molars can cause issues without causing pain. Slowly, over time, they can push other teeth out of their position, resulting in misalignment and bite problems. The root of a wisdom tooth may grow toward a facial nerve and cause significant pain if it strikes the nerve.
By having wisdom teeth extracted, you eliminate the risk of these oral health conditions. Wisdom teeth are not necessary for proper oral health because you already have back molars responsible for grinding food. Be sure to attend scheduled checkups with your general dentist, who will take X-rays regularly and refer you to an oral surgeon when wisdom teeth are detected.
The healing process is easy with our detailed post-operative instructions. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water after meals, brush your teeth gently the day after surgery, and use caution around your extraction sites overall. You can manage pain and swelling with ice packs and rest.
It’s very important not to use a straw or smoke for one week following surgery. The sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot inside the tooth socket, resulting in a painful dry socket. Should this occur, contact our office immediately.
Bank Stem Cells from Wisdom Teeth
Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants is partnered with Stemodontics®, a premier stem cell banking service. Wisdom teeth contain many powerful stem cells that can be collected and stored in a laboratory for future use. Stem cells have been used in regenerative medicine and can differentiate into different types of cells in the body. Should you encounter injury or disease in the future, Stemodontics will ship your stem cells to your healthcare provider to help you heal. Protect your health by asking us about banking stem cells from wisdom teeth.