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 denser. 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.

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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 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 for 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 afterward 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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5 out of 5 stars based on 78 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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Had a great experience, from initial call to get in to get wisdom teeth removed to the after care appointment the whole staff has your health and healing process as a top priority.

- Ian J

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I am so grateful to everyone at Dr. Butura’s office. Best experience ever, google sent me to the right doctor when I was looking for the best oral surgeon in Phoenix. Everything was so quick, everyone was so friendly and the procedure itself was so easy, I just remember feeling a little dizzy after Dr. Butura injected the anesthesia through the IV, and I was going to say I think it’s working when I believe I fell asleep because I don’t remember anything else. Next thing I know my mom is in the room and I am ready to go home. Again thanks to everyone at the office for such great experience.

- Fatima R

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Thank you for the great care!

- Kyle F

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The office is very nice. I felt very well cared for. I highly recommend Butura. I got excellent care!

- Jennifer T

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This office is amazing! Everyone is sooo friendly, even though I was running late from traffic they were so understanding. You can tell the Dr. knows exactly what he was doing and I really wasn’t in much pain after my procedure and healed perfectly. I was so scared about getting my wisdom teeth removed but I shouldn’t have been. Overall a great experience and I’m happy I didn’t go anywhere else. Great price and great customer service. Schedule with them!! Thank you so much to everyone there!

- Shayna M

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My daughter had 4 wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Butura with no issues. We really enjoyed the staff and the care she received was phenomenal. I would highly recommend Dr. Butura and his team for any Oral Surgery needs!

- Jennifer S

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Highly recommend Dr. Butura, great experience from beginning to end. I searched the internet for the best oral surgeon to remove my impacted wisdom teeth and was not disappointed. The procedure was painless, affordable and healed quickly. Entire staff is friendly & helpful.

- Shannon S

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I've had two procedures over the past couple of years and Dr. Butura and his staff have always taken great care of me. When my son needed his wisdom teeth out, I did not hesitate to bring him here. It's comforting to see the same staff each time I come. I feel welcome, appreciated and well taken care of.

- Karin T

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The staff and doctor were very friendly and helped ease my nerves about getting my wisdom teeth removed. Thank you so much!

- Hayden J

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Dr Butura was amazing with our 10 year old who was nervous about getting her teeth pulled. He put her at ease, explaining everything to her along the way. The staff is so kind and helpful every step of the way! Thank you Dr Butura!

- Murisa S

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My 12 year old daughter recently had teeth extracted by Dr Butura and we could not have had a better experience! She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so I wanted a doctor who was calm and confident in what needed to be done. Unlike many Dr's who have stressed my daughter out, he put her right at ease, explaining what he was going to do, answering her questions and letting her know it was no big deal and that he does this all the time. His support staff was also kind, helpful and sympathetic in keeping her calm and at ease before and after the surgery. As promised, the procedure went smoothly and her recovery was quick and easy. Oh how I wish more doctors were like this! Thank you so much for such an all around pleasant experience!

- Tempa B

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Dr. Butura did a great job taking care of my painful wisdom tooth. What really impressed me was the time he took to explain in detail his plan for my surgery, what was going to happen, how long it would take, and what I needed to do to manage the post-operation recovery. The best advice also came from his team, especially the insistence that I use ice packs to reduce the swelling. Dr, Butura patiently answered all of my questions and concerns. It gave me the confidence that he was fully engaged and completely knew his job. So his surgery was technically great but his personal touch is really appreciated too.

- Francisco P

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Have been to serval other surgeons and they all gave me scared vibes which is why I kind of waited so long to get them out but this office and staff made sure I knew I was in good hands went in yesterday to get all 4 wisdom teeth removed and it was quick and I am at home now recovering with little to no pain, swelling went down instantly I am amazed and so glad I chose this office!! I have a low tolerance for pain and this staff and the doc made sure I wouldn’t suffer! Thank you guys so much especially during these hard times!

- Arianna W

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The entire staff including Dr. B were incredibly friendly, kind and helpful. I took both of my kids at the same time to have their wisdom teeth removed. They did an amazing job. I ended up having to call after hours due to an issue with the pharmacy and the doctor himself actually answered my call and immediately took action to help fix the pharmacy error. I had never been to this office before and was so happy with the staff and their work. I would most definitely refer anyone I know to this office!! Great job!

- Stacey C

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Dr. Butura and the rest of the staff were great. They my wisdom teeth removal experience as pleasant as possible.

- Caitlyn R

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Dr Butura and staff are all rockstars! I've always had a fear of anything dental so getting my wisdom tooth extracted was something I was not looking forward to. Marie at the Front Office got me scheduled for my consultation right away and made the process stress free. Dr Butura answered all my questions and concerns in our consultation, not sugar coating anything and then I scheduled my surgery in the coming two weeks. On the day of my surgery, Sharon greeted me at the door to bring me back to my surgical room and immediately made me feel more calm chatting until Dr Butura came in. A few mins later, Dr Butura greeted me cheerfully and was ready to get the show on the road! In what felt like seconds later, I woke up and it was all over and I was able to go home to rest. The day after my surgery, the front office ladies called to check up on me, excellent customer service! The entire process was super smooth and I am so happy I was referred to Dr Butura. If I ever need to return to the office, I know I will be in good hands.

- Kim H

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I had an impacted wisdom tooth removed with bovine bone grafting. Dr. Butora and his staff were very friendly and professional. I was scared and nervous for my consultation and procedure and they put me at ease. Thank you!!

- Christine M

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I had been in pain for about four year and I finally was able to remove my wisdom teeth with an amazing surgeon. Everything from the phone consultations, the surgery, and the post surgery, it was everything I had hoped for. I couldn't had been more happy with the service that I was given and I would absolutely recommend anyone to come here if they need oral or dental implant surgery.

- Adrian L

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Great place! I had all four of my impacted wisdom teeth removed and it was a great experience, painless and quick. If I ever need an oral surgery again I would absolutely come back here! Highly recommend Butura oral & dental implant surgery to everyone!

- Maria H

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Such a refreshing experience! Very nice and professional staff. I would definitely recommend to family/friends! Thank you Dr. Butura!

- Madeline L

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