Learn Why Thousands Trust Austin’s Leading Oral Surgeons for their Wisdom Teeth Surgery

With Dental Offices in Lakeway and Round Rock, Optima serves the Greater Austin Area

At Optima Dental Surgery Center we provide wisdom teeth extraction surgery for less! With over 25 years of combined experience, our skilled surgeons have successfully removed wisdom teeth from thousands of patients. If you are suffering from painful, impacted wisdom teeth and are in need of urgent removal, our trusted team will provide you with a complimentary consultation. To book yours, call our Lakeway or Round Rock office, or schedule a visit today!

Optima Dental Surgery Center Offers Affordable Wisdom Teeth Removal in Austin/Round Rock/Lakeway

How to Know When It’s Time for Your Wisdom Teeth Surgery

“OUCH, my gums hurt way back here and it’s all red and swollen…” That is usually the cry of anyone from a preteen to a young adult. The pain and swelling in the jaw are due to the development of third molars, commonly called wisdom teeth. These teeth are usually the last teeth to develop very far back in the mouth during years of “maturity,” hence the nickname wisdom teeth. Most dental professionals agree that the best time to have these teeth removed is during the teenage years to avoid future dental problems. Some dental concerns can range from teeth crowding, and bleeding, to decay or developing cysts and tumors in that area. It is very hard to reach those wisdom teeth when brushing and flossing, preventing adequate hygiene care.

An X-ray should be taken to observe the positioning of your wisdom teeth. This dental CAT scan is used to evaluate the presence and alignment of your wisdom teeth. Not all wisdom teeth are alike, some may come in straight, some that “push” on the adjacent tooth, or some even sideways. Due to the complexity of positioning and formation of wisdom teeth, most general dentists will refer you to an oral surgeon to have them removed.

What Are the Typical Costs for Wisdom Tooth Removal?

For accurate and up-to-date information about the cost of wisdom tooth removal, it’s recommended to contact Optima Dental Surgery Center to schedule a consultation. Since each case is unique and various factors can affect the cost, such as the complexity of extraction, and individual circumstances, a consultation with a qualified dental professional will provide the most accurate and personalized information for your specific situation. Contacting Optima Dental will allow you to discuss your needs, receive an evaluation, and inquire about the associated costs related to wisdom tooth removal.

Frequently Asked Questions About Wisdom Teeth Procedures

What are wisdom teeth? 

Wisdom teeth, also known as “the third molars” are typically the last teeth to develop. The wisdom teeth are the upper and lower teeth responsible for grinding food. They are located at the back of your mouth next to your second molars. Wisdom teeth typically complete full development anywhere from 15-20 years of age. 

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed? 

Wisdom teeth are the last to develop, and most adults do not have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth to become fully functional. The lack of room for wisdom teeth can result in long-term harm to your dental health. When wisdom teeth are impacted, they become partially or fully trapped in your gums or jawbone. While wisdom teeth extraction is not cheap, it shouldn’t be ignored. Choosing to dismiss the early signs of impacted wisdom teeth may ultimately lead to a more expensive and complicated treatment in the future. Impacted wisdom teeth only get worse over time and may lead to infection, damage, gum disease, dental decay, cysts, crowding, and more!

What is the best age to remove my wisdom teeth? 

If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to erupt, it is recommended to have your wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible. In some patients, it could be anywhere from 11-12 years old, or it may be 17-18 years of age. The younger you are, the better your recovery is compared to an older patient. 

What if I don’t have my wisdom teeth removed now? 

Some individuals opt out of having the surgery because they were told to “wait and see.” Many who do not have wisdom teeth removed develop localized problems. If you choose to wait till you are in your thirties, forties, or fifties, your recovery and predicted outcome will be much more difficult and have a higher rate of complication. 

When is the best time to have my wisdom teeth removed? 

While undergoing an elective surgical procedure is never convenient, we recommend that your wisdom teeth surgery doesn’t conflict with school-related activities. Most kids will undergo wisdom teeth removal during vacation times such as spring or winter break or during the summer. 

What happens with wisdom teeth removal? 

Before the day of your procedure, you should discuss with your surgeon whether you prefer to be fully sedated or undergo local anesthesia. Most people prefer to “go to sleep” when having their wisdom teeth removed. 

On the day of your surgery, you will take medication to help minimize pain and swelling from the procedure. We ask that a parent or responsible adult accompany you to the procedure and plan on staying with you the entire day. Wisdom teeth removal takes about an hour, and you should plan on being in the office for about 2 hours. You should expect to be comfortable but drowsy after the procedure and plan on resting for the remainder of the day. Do not plan on any major physical or scholastic activities for the next few days following your procedure. 

What should I expect after having my wisdom teeth removed? 

We ask you to keep a low profile for a few days and follow your post-op instructions as closely as possible to ensure a speedy and comfortable recovery. Please allow your body time to heal before resuming any major academic, social, or athletic activities. Most patients begin to resume general activities anywhere from 3-5 days. 

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