Wisdom Teeth Removal

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Butura can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of problems can happen. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structure is fully developed. In some patients it is as early as 12 or 13, and in others it may not be until the early twenties. Problems tend to occur with increasing frequency after the age of 30. Some of the possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth include:

a pericoronitis infection can occur on a wisdom tooth

Infection:

The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis, (a localized gum infection). Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.

a cyst can form on a wisdom tooth

Cyst Formation:

Non-infectious diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts are fluid-filled “balloons” inside the jaw bone that develop as a result of impacted teeth and slowly expand destroying adjacent jaw bone and occasionally teeth. They can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumors can be associated with the delayed removal of wisdom teeth.

teeth crowding can be caused by a wisdom tooth

Possible Crowding:

Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable with the front teeth, primarily the lower front teeth and is most commonly seen after a patient has had braces. There are a number of factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or in early adulthood. Retained, impacted wisdom teeth may be a contributing factor. Unless you have an active problem when you see the oral surgeon, the reason for removal is primarily to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone.

a wisdom tooth can cause damage to an adjacent tooth

Damage to Adjacent Teeth:

If there is inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.

What If I Don’t Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed As A Teenager Or Young Adult?

As wisdom teeth develop, the roots become longer and the jaw bone more dense.When it is necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth in your thirties, forties or beyond, the post-operative course can be prolonged and there is a higher complication rate. Treating these complications is often more difficult and less predictable than with a younger patient. Healing may be slower and the chance of infection can be increased. If your impacted wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years or early in your twenties and they are completely impacted in bone, it may be advisable to wait until a localized problem (such as cyst formation or localized gum disease and bone loss) develops. In general, you will heal faster, more predictably and have fewer complications if treated in your teens or early twenties.

What Happens On The Day Wisdom Teeth Are Removed?

Most people prefer to be unaware of the experience when they have their wisdom teeth removed and usually decide to be sedated. You will be provided with appropriate anesthesia options at your consultation. All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Our office staff has the training, licensing, and experience to provide the various types of anesthesia. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and a well trained experienced staff. The Surgical Care Team, the office facilities, and the doctors are inspected on behalf of the Board of Dental Examiners on a regular basis.

On the day of your procedure, you will take medications to help minimize post-operative pain and swelling. We ask that a parent or responsible adult accompanies you to the office and plans to stay with you the rest of the day. The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes and you will probably be in the office for 90 minutes. Recent advances in medicine and technology allow patients to undergo wisdom tooth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort. State of the art sterilization and infection control techniques are used at all times.

On the morning or afternoon of your surgery, it is essential that you have nothing to eat or drink (excluding prescription medications with a sip of water) for at least 6 hours (preferably longer). This does not mean you should try to fit in one “last meal” exactly six hours before your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications, including nausea and vomiting. Your procedure will be rescheduled if you have not heeded these guidelines. We may provide you with a prescription for pain medication at your consultation appointment, which for your convenience, can be filled in advance. When you are seated in the surgical room, we will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible. If you are going to be sedated, we usually will place an IV in your left arm. This is a quick and nearly painless procedure that ensures optimal delivery of your medication. Local anesthesia is given to you afterwards to ensure comfort, and allow adequate time to travel home and rest. You will be sleepy for a significant portion of the day.

patients should be accompanied on the day of surgery

The Day of Treatment

Be sure to have an adult with you at the time of removal. Make plans to have a parent or responsible adult stay with you for the rest of the day, following wisdom tooth removal.

If your surgery requires stitches, these are usually the type that dissolve in 3 to 5 days and do not require removal. You may also notice a sensation of your gums feeling swollen and pulling away from your teeth. This is all part of the normal recovery, and will subside in several days.

Once the local anesthesia wears off, you may require prescription pain medication. Please try non-narcotic anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil®) first, to see if that adequately treats your pain. If not, begin your other prescription pain medication. The local anesthesia may last until the following day, and should not be confused with an injury to your nerve. We recommend starting your post-operative diet with clear liquids such as jello and broths, gradually increasing in substance as your body permits.

We do not recommend using dairy products such as yogurt, ice cream or milkshakes on the day of surgery, as nausea and vomiting may develop in conjunction with the anesthetic and pain medication. If you are given antibiotics and you take birth control pills, please be aware that the birth control pills might become ineffective and take appropriate precautions.

What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost And Is It Covered By Insurance?

The fee for your treatment is determined by a number of factors. These may include the difficulty involved in removing your teeth and which type of anesthesia is best for you. During your consultation appointment, the surgeon will need to review your x-rays, complete an examination and determine the best option for anesthesia, before an accurate estimate can be provided. Every insurance company has a different policy regarding the extent of coverage for a given surgical procedure. The oral surgeon’s office staff will help you obtain maximum insurance coverage for your treatment.

What If I Have Questions Before Surgery?

At the time of your consultation, your specific situation will be discussed in greater detail. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have. If new questions arise after your consultation, please call our office at Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery Phone Number 602-248-8745 to speak to one of our patient care coordinators.

patients should avoid eating and drinking before surgery

The Day of Treatment

Please do not eat or drink anything prior to your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications.

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I was referred to Dr. Butura for my wisdom teeth removal and it was an outstanding experience. I contacted his office and got an appointment that same afternoon to go over my X Rays, pricing, and insurance coverage. Dr. Butura explained the procedure thoroughly and then scheduled me for the extractions immediately after I signed all the paper work. On the day of my procedure the staff was super patient with me and helped calm my nerves. They constantly made sure I was safe and even helped my dad walk me to the car afterwards. Dr. Butura took excellent care of me and prescribed me with all the needed medications to prevent pain, swelling, and infection. The day after my procedure I even received a courtesy call from one of the receptionists asking if I was doing okay, I could honesty not believe that they took the time to do that and it was a very nice touch. My follow up appointment was today and just like every other time I visited the office, the wait time was minimal and Dr. Butura was direct and to the point. I didn’t have any trouble with my recovery and I was back to work in 2 days, it was great. Lastly, it is important to mention that there were never any hidden fees, I was given an exact amount before scheduling the procedure and that is exactly what I ended up paying, which is unbelievable considering many other places end up having add on fees that aren’t even broken down to explain what they mean. Overall I am so pleased I went with Dr. Butura and would recommend him to anyone looking for a professional and caring oral surgeon.

- Camila M

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Confession of a confirmed "antidentite" (a person who hates going to a dentist) In Aug 2019 I was informed that I had a tooth that was split in two from top to bottom. The dentist said it would become infected and needed to be removed. He further said that because of the location the removal would need to be done by an oral surgeon. Now in my mental filing system "oral surgeon" is filed right next to "assassin"......so I was not pleased at this news. When I got to my initial meeting with Dr Butura the people in the office were extremely pleasant, efficient and friendly. (I wondered if they were just trying to prepare me for the ordeal ahead....but no they are really wonderful) Dr Butura explained what the options for treatment were...he was detailed and clear...and answered any and all questions. (Unfortunately he gently, but firmly rejected my option of a couple drops of Gorilla glue and a band around the tooth......I made this in jest, but he said some have actually tried it; unfortunately with severe negative consequences.) There was no rush, as is so often the case. He was patient, clear and reassuring. The day of my feared execution..... When i arrived the staff was very friendly and reassuring that this would be easy. The Bible says: "It is appointed unto man once to die" and I wondered if this was going to be my appointment....... Dr Butura came in and said "lets take a look". He rubbed something around the tooth and walked out. He returned in a few minutes and said: "open wide"....It was then I saw the deadly needle. he spent a few seconds doing something then he said; "OK... I'll be back in 15 minutes". I asked him when he was going to give me the dreaded shot? He replied he just did.....The shots were one of my biggest fears, and he did it with NO PAIN. He is the absolute best at giving shots I have ever met. I was now beginning to think I might actually survive the whole procedure. He came back and once again said: "open wide". He said you will feel a little pressure, but no pain.........A couple minutes later he repeated this......again pressure, but no pain. A minute later he stepped back and said; We're done". I could hardly believe it.....I not only survived....I felt fine.....no pain!!!!! The PA explained in detail what to do for the next several days. On the way out all the staff wished me well. I got a follow-up phone call the next morning. This was the most positive dental experience i have ever had!!! I whole heartedly recommend Dr Butura and his team. PS In my mental filing system I have moved Dr Butura away from "assassin" to two files down from "Guardian Angel".

- Paul W

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The staff at Dr. Butura's office is fantastic! I had all four wisdom teeth done here. I was nervous about the procedure but once I met the surgeon and staff there I knew I was in good hands. It's a very professional place and very caring! I am very happy I was referred here and would highly recommend to anyone!

- Sarah M

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Dr. Butura and his entire staff made our experience as easy as they could. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

- Lisa D

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My surgery was quick and very well done. I had almost no swelling or bruising the week after. Stitches were not bothersome and aftercare instructions were easy to follow. Dr. Butura talked me through my x-rays and the procedure he would do, making sure I understood it all along the way. Very glad I found myself at this office for my wisdom teeth extraction!

- Elizabeth H

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Butura Oral and Dental Implant Surgery is the best place that you can possibly go when needing oral surgeries or dental implants. I am a person that unfortunately cannot afford insurance and was concerned about where to go because I needed to remove all 4 of my wisdom teeth. Butura Oral and Dental Implant Surgery kept their word about pricing and the cost for my surgery never changed no matter the issue. Honestly, I looked at many other places and the payment that I made was at this facility was way less than what other places quoted me. Butura Oral and Dental Implant Surgery make you feel at home and the staff is absolutely amazing. The facility has a nice and clean environment that seems to be fairly new. Dr. Butura is extremely friendly and truly cares about his patients. This procedure was my first surgery that required anesthesia, which made me extremely nervous at first. Dr. Butura and his staff knew what to say to make me feel relaxed instead of nervous about being put to sleep during my surgery. The whole experience was so amazing and I really did not have much pain after my surgery. If you are looking for a place that cares about your well-being and has great pricing, this is the place to go too! Thank you for everything Dr. Butura and staff!!!

- Jesse M

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Dr. Butura is very talented and painless. He is a superior oral surgeon and I would send everyone I know to him. I have had no further issues with my tooth extraction. It has healed nicely.

- Barbara H

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Dr. Butura and staff are amazing at what they do! Everything from the pre-procedure exam to the actual procedure was flawless! Everyone made my experience of getting a wisdom tooth removal surgery extremely smooth. I would definitely recommend this office to anyone! Thank you everyone!

- Tiffany L

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I had put off getting my wisdom teeth as I did not want to be off from work and school for an extended time. I finally decided to get the procedure done on a Monday, the next day my mouth was sore but virtually no pain. Wednesday I was back at work and by Thursday it was like nothing ever happened. Dr. Butura did an awesome job and his staff went beyond expectations.

- Tyler P

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Dr. Butura was very professional and explained what he was was going to do as far as my dental extraction. The staff was very helpful and understanding. I would go back to him in the future if I needed any further oral surgery procedures and recommend him highly to other patients.

- Harriet F

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everyone was nice and made sure i was secure and comfortable!

- Collisse M

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I am very fearful of dental work, so much so that I need to be sedated with nitrous oxide for a simple cleaning. Dr. Butura and his staff were very understanding and made my wisdom teeth removal comfortable and not scary at all. The ease of my recovery is a testament Dr. Butura's skill, no pain or swelling! I'd recommend him without reservation.

- Sharon S

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I was referred to Dr Butura by my dentist and am so grateful for his professional and friendly service! The whole staff was wonderful too, I felt comfortable and at ease, and had confidence in every person around me. The office and building are beautiful too, and are calming, and the parking lot is freshly repaved and spacious. When Dr Butura administered a sedative for my procedure with a syringe I didn't even feel it. My wisdom teeth were extracted so cleanly, and I'm healing rapidly. I kinda hope I have a reason to come back, lol. Thank You to the entire staff!

- Leland G

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Butura and his staff were welcoming, kind, and my appointment was overall a great experience. As I am a college student from out of state, I did not know what office in town I should go to, but I am so glad I was referred to go to Oral Surgery Phoenix and will refer it to my friends!

- Abigail B

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My daughter was very apprehensive to have her wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Butura had such a warm and caring manner that my daughter was quickly as ease. When we went back for the extractions, we were leaving within a half hour! He and his staff were so efficient!! Would absolutely refer others here.

- Joan P

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I would highly recommend Dr. Butura to anyone who is needing oral surgery. Dr. Butura and his staff are very friendly and provide excellent service.

- Jobanne M

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I had two of my wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Butura. The whole process form beginning to end was easy, seamless and well organized. I had bad memories of being a teenager and having two of my impacted wisdom teeth removed. I remembered a lot of pain and a lot of post surgery bleeding from that experience so I had some trepidation going to have my other two wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Butura and his staff answered all my questions and eased my fears about the procedure. As I was under sedation, there was no pain during the procedure which was very quick. The recovery over the next week was also very fast and much better than my previous experience as a teenager. I would highly recommend Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery.

- Matthew C

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Overall it was a great experience and I really love everyone who worked with me!

- Jennifer C

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The entire staff at Dr. Butura’s office made getting my wisdom teeth removed stress free and easy.

- Aaron C

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The staff was very friendly and the Doctor was great. The procedure was performed very well and recovery was fast.

- Jesse S

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