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 representation of a pericoronitis infection 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.

An example of a cyst formation 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.

An illustration of teeth crowding causes 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 visual of a wisdom tooth damaging 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.

smiling teenage son with his mother

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.

A smiling woman

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.

Butura Oral & Dental Implant Surgery

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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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My daughters had her wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Butura. From the first consultation appointment to the post-operative follow-up appointment, the staff was incredibly accommodating,friendly and available to me if I had any questions or concerns. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Butura to anyone needing oral surgery.

- Allison S

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Normally, one does not associate the word "pleasant" with oral surgery; however, Dr. Butura and his team made sure all my questions and concerns were answered in the initial consultation. His assistants and office staff made the whole experience easy. Thank you all!

- Jay F

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This is the best location for your wisdom teeth removed. The staffs are friendly and helpful. I recommend it for you.

- Minh le

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I had 2 sideway growing wisdom tooth and previously took one out at a different place and had a very bad experience. However, I came to Dr. Butura and he assured me I wouldn't experience anything like that. So I scheduled to take all of my remaining three wisdom tooth out. The surgery and recovery was so successful there has been 0 pain. Strongly recommend everyone to Dr. Butura.

- Joseph Q

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I would highly recommend anyone who needs Dr. Butura's service seek them out! His staff is top notch, and his care as a doctor was beyond exceptional. Any procedure can be nerve-wracking, but when you feel as part of the family in the office, there is a ease that is provided.

- David G

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Flawless procedure, I didn't have any bruising or black eyes that people told me would happen. Can't reccomend this doctor enough. Excellent all around.

- Zach B

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My teenage son needed his wisdom teeth out. Our dentist recommended Butura. He is excellent. Once we made the time to get in for the procedure it was smooth sailing from there. The office gives you instructions on what you need to do before and after surgery. The waiting room is cozy and relaxing. The ladies at the front desk are wonderful and are ready to answer all your questions. My son recovered very well.

- Victoria A

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The staff across the board was incredibly personable and friendly. The procedure went well. They even call to check up on how you're doing before your follow up. Would recommend

- Michael O

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Dr. Butura not only took out my wisdom teeth but put in an implant as well, all within the allotted time that he scheduled. There were no complications and the aftercare was easy with his guidance and recommendations.

- Kevin C

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Loved Dr Butura! Very personsable, made me feel very comfortable and the staff was friendly. I will definitely be recommending him!

- Sydneh B

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Very great doctor and staff would highly recommend!!!

- Socorro C

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I've had a very good experience coming here. They have friendly staff members and are easy to contact about any questions. I would recommend their services.

- Alyson J.

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Dr. Butura and staff were overall very courteous and friendly. I would definitely return to him for more work if needed. They helped me feel comfortable and calmed me down. I was very scared and nervous upon my arrival, and I only waited for about 5 minutes or less. After my surgery my healing process was good. I wasn't in too much pain and I only needed the weekend to recuperate and I had stitches. He was Awesome..

- Loretta P

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Dr Butura is a great Doctor. Communicates well and is very personable. Very professional and very personal. A great experience both times I have been to Dr. Butura .

- Vaughn V

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The staff was wonderful. Super nice and caring. Dr. Butura was very comforting and made sure I felt safe. The front office staff was very nice and super helpful.

- Tyler S

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Procedure was quick and easy. Staff was kind especially the 2 front receptions. Would recommend them and will use them again for my kiddos when it's time to get there wisdom teeth out

- Natalie B

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I have had problems with my wisdom teeth for months and because of my anxiety and fear of the pain, I kept putting it off. Dr Butura and his entire team from front to back made me feel comfortable and literally my surgery was so fast, recovery was easy and I was back on my feet in record time. Thank you Dr. Butura, Eileen, Lori, Sharon and Marie for everything!

- Jazz V

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Dr. Butura was awesome, throrough, explained my options and was friendly. They were able to get me scheduled quickly for wisdom teeth extraction. I'm 32 and have never had any type of surgery. His nurse was awesome and eased my nerves. I had no issues after surgery and I had a smooth recovery. I had 2 separate front office ladies help me and they were so friendly, wonderful customer service. I would definitely recommend Dr. Butura and god office. Thank you for being so great.

- Jessica S

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At first I was a little nervous to get my wisdom teeth removed, but when I came in to see what was needed for my surgery, Dr. Butura put me at ease by explaining the procedures he had to take to extract my wisdom teeth. Overall my experience was great with friendly staff and I felt in good hands with Dr. Butura's medical knowledge in oral surgeries. I could not ask for a better experience.

- Noa S

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