NORTHEAST TEXAS PERIODONTAL SPECIALISTS
Nathan E. Hodges, DDS, MS
Kimberly D. Sheppard, DDS, MS

Wisdom Teeth Extraction / Removal

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Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists - Wisdom Teeth Removal Rockwall Paris TX

Wisdom Teeth Extraction / Removal

Award Winning, state-of-the-art periodontics & dental implants in safe, friendly practices

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Wisdom Teeth Removal
Rockwall & Paris, Texas

Wisdom teeth removal is the most commonly performed tooth extraction procedure. The reason so many dentists encourage removing wisdom teeth is because they will otherwise obstruct and negatively impact the health of the rest of your teeth. Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, are the last of our adult teeth to develop and are often removed during our teens or early adulthood. While wisdom teeth may grow in naturally and not cause any additional oral health issues to develop, in many cases patients who do not have their wisdom teeth removed will experience pain and develop oral health issues following the emergence of these teeth.

While many dentists recommend removing wisdom teeth as a preemptive measure, others claim that the procedure is unnecessary. Ultimately, the decision of whether you or your child should have their wisdom teeth removed is up to you, but we do encourage you to study the issue thoroughly and contact our office if you have any questions about whether the procedure is necessary or not, especially if you are experiencing any pain or issues related to impaction of these teeth.

To learn more about wisdom teeth removal or other services offered at our office, please refer to the following. To schedule an appointment for a consultation for wisdom teeth removal, contact our Rockwall office today at (972) 771-8640 or our Paris office at (903) 785-4832.

Wisdom Teeth Removal
Evaluation & Procedure

The process for removing wisdom teeth will largely depend on whether your wisdom teeth are fully or partially impacted, and whether your wisdom teeth have grown in straight, backward, at an angle, or upside down. Prior to extracting your tooth, we will administer a topical anesthetic at the injection sight to ensure you do not experience any initial sensations. We also offer several different dental sedation options, including oral and IV sedation to ensure you are calm and comfortable throughout the wisdom teeth removal procedure.

Once you are numbed and comfortable, the wisdom teeth removal process will begin. Unlike traditional methods for extracting teeth that involve moving and rotating the tooth until it dislodges, which in turn can damage the surrounding tissues and causes swelling to occur, we use Piezosurgery to help to reduce trauma and precisely remove your tooth. By taking this approach, more bone is preserved, the extraction process is far less traumatic, and you will have a faster healing period.

We will either remove all four wisdom teeth in one procedure, or remove your wisdom teeth one or two at a time over different visits, depending on what seems best based on your specific needs and treatment preferences. Removal of your wisdom teeth can be completed in as little as one hour or take several hours to complete, depending on the nature of your case and how many wisdom teeth are being removed.

Following removal of your wisdom teeth, you may need to arrange for a ride home if dental sedation is administered. We recommend this ride home be a friend or family member to assist you in getting to and from your appointment.  It is normal to experience some pain and swelling following this procedure, but this can typically be managed with over the counter pain relieving medication like Ibuprofen and application of ice to the swollen or tender area for ten to fifteen-minute intervals. If pain medication or antibiotics are prescribed, take as prescribed until your prescription is done. It is also important to rest as much as possible following your procedure.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal
Complications & Discomfort

Although some people may not experience any issues related to their wisdom teeth, many others will experience the discomfort of having impacted wisdom teeth or have to deal with issues that can develop when wisdom teeth are not removed, such as crowding, due to there not being enough for the molars to develop, or being at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease, because wisdom teeth are more difficult to clean. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause a range of issues to develop, such as chronic halitosis, difficulty opening your mouth, pain and swelling at your jaw, and gums that swell or bleed. Though unlikely, wisdom teeth that are not removed also increase the possibility of a tumor developing in the mouth, due to a cyst forming in the jawbone.

Wisdom Teeth Removal
Costs associated

The cost of wisdom teeth removal will largely depend on whether any additional procedures are being performed, what type of dental sedation is used, how many wisdom teeth are being removed, the difficulty of removing your wisdom teeth, and your dental insurance plan. It is also important to factor in the cost of the initial visit and any follow up appointments that may be necessary. Finally, you may need to purchase antibiotics as well as pain-relieving medication for after the procedure.

For patients who are covered under a dental insurance plan, although we are not in-network, we will gladly help prepare and file your claim to ensure you receive your maximum reimbursement. Payment is due in full on the day of treatment. We accept cash, check, Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express. If you are concerned about the cost of receiving treatment, please know that we offer our patients Compassionate Finance, which offers a variety of payment solutions with fixed interest rates and manageable monthly payments and CareCredit®, which offers 24-month payment plans with zero interest, as well as low-interest financing for 24-60 months.

Dr. Hodges has been practicing periodontics since 2003. His patient treatment philosophy is to provide the most optimal care possible, utilizing the most advanced techniques in a personal and caring environment.

Dr. Sheppard has been practicing periodontics since 2003. Dr. Sheppard takes pride in providing her patients with the highest quality care with a patient-centered philosophy. Dr. Sheppard offers her patients a special type of non-narcotic virtual sedation to ease dental pain and anxiety.

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At Northeast Texas Periodontal Specialists, we are committed to providing you with the periodontal care you need to enjoy good oral health and maintain a smile that you can be confident in. We are also committed to making your experience as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Blankets and pillows are provided in the treatment room, and oral and IV sedation options are available for patients who are anxious or who are scheduled for longer procedures. If you have any additional questions or concerns about the wisdom tooth removal process, please contact our office today. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with the care you need!

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