Is a wisdom tooth extraction required?

Wisdom tooth. Not based on what you have told us. why do you ask? Discuss with your dentist.
Sometimes. Sometimes wisdom teeth are removed because they are causing problems. Sometimes they are removed because of high potential for problems in the future. Sometimes they can erupt into functional cleanable positions and require no treatment. Sometimes problem potential is borderline and requires active observation. See a wisdom tooth specialist, an Oral Surgeon, for most informed opinion.

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Exactly how much should a wisdom tooth extraction cost?

It depends. Cost varies by geography ~ $300-600/tooth plus IV sedation. Read more...
Variable. Fees are different from area to area. You are paying for a service, not a commodity like a gallon of gas. Since each office is independent, the fees are determined by the complexity of your extraction. Add in IV sedation and you can expect anywhere from $700 to $1200. Read more...
Lots of variables. There is a very wide range here. A simple extraction vs. A horizontal full bony impaction? Iv sedation vs. Local anesthesia alone. Big city prestigious office vs. Local rural dentist? Fee for service private practice vs. Insurance plan office? You've already received some idea from my colleagues. Best way to find out for sure is to see your local dentist or an oral surgeon. Read more...

What is a wisdom tooth extraction? How is it performed?

A . A wisdom tooth extraction is an extraction of a third molar. It it the farthest tooth back in the mouth both on the top and the bottom. Depending on how impacted the tooth is and angle the tooth formed at will determine if you are a able to have it out if say a lower third molar is enveloped with the nerve. Your tooth may need to be "cut in half", bone may need to be removed or it may be as simple as other teeht. Only a consultation with x-rays will determine how difficult it will be to extract. Most wisdom teeth can be extracted under local or sedation. It depends on your anxiety level and how much you want to know what is going on. It is also best to get all 4 wisdom teethout at once and heal at one time and not have to worry about it later in life. If you decide on sedation, you will need to discusss this with the surgeon to make sure you are medically fit to go under sedation. Good luck! Read more...
The . The american association of oral and maxillofacial surgeons has a very informative section of their web site (www.Aaoms.Org) that provides an excellent discussion of wisdom teeth and their management. Look under "conditions and treatment" on the right side for "wisdom teeth" have your general dentist recommend a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in your area that can examine you and provide an explaination of your options for both surgery and anesthesia. Read more...
The . The wisdom teeth, the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into the human mouth and they usually do so between the ages of 18 -25. We inherit the genetic prescription for the size of our teeth and jaws from our parents, and the jaw in ideal circumstances is long enough to accommodate all of the teeth. Many things can influence the rate at which the jaws grow one primary factor is the sucking action at the breast before we are weaned. Children who are weaned early ( before 9 months) may not have enough primary stimulus to the growth centers in the jaw to develop a long enough jaw length the accommodate all of our teeth. When this happens the developing teeth become jammed up into the less than adequate space and this is called being impacted. A correlation has been made between the introduction of milk formula and early weaning, and a national spate of impacted wisdom teeth. Left un-erupted in the jaw wisdom teeth can get badly infected and so they are frequently removed. That is what wisdom teeth extractions are all about. Now doctor gretzula has explained how they are removed, i might just add that commonly stiches are placed and the patient has to be on a soft diet and a salt water mouth rinse after the first day and for a week before the stitches are removed. During that time it is important that they are on a soft diet that can be swallowed easily and not stab into the wound areas. I hope that is useful. Dr. Neill mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts. Read more...
3rd molars. 3rd molar removal. Complex to explain here. For most complete explanation and best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Read more...

What are common complications of a wisdom tooth extraction?

Yes. Without premedication, swelling can be common. With anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling perscription pre medications, these unpleasant effects of wisdom teeth removal can be managed quite comfortably. Discuss this with your treating dentist. Read more...
See Below. There are many possible complications from a wisdom tooth extraction but I would not really call them 'common'. Mild to moderate pain and swelling are not really complications but are considered normal with certain extractions. Some complications are nerve damage, dry socket, infection. Read more...
Pain. swelling. Pain, swelling, dry socket. For complete information, see wisdom tooth expert. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Read more...