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What to Expect from Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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At Rush Creek Dentistry in the Arlington area, many patients come to the practice for the removal of their wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, also referred to as the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into the dental arch. There are typically four of them, one in each corner of the mouth, and they are known for appearing in adulthood. However, these teeth are also known for becoming problematic. Because they are so far back in the mouth, they tend to get stuck or "impacted" beneath the gum tissue. This can cause pain. If they do come through the gum line, they are often too far back in the mouth for patients to properly care for them, resulting in a higher risk for periodontal disease and decay. In instances such as this, wisdom teeth are removed for oral health purposes. 

The team of Rush Creek Dentistry reviews with patients the cost and expectations of wisdom teeth extraction before the procedure is done. Cost will vary depending on how many teeth are being removed, if the tooth has become impacted or not, and whether or not it will require oral surgery. Additionally, cost may vary if patients have dental insurance as many insurance plans provide coverage for necessary dental surgeries such as wisdom tooth extraction. Our front office can work with insurance companies to get patients as much coverage as possible for their treatments and assist in reducing the out-of-pocket expenses of most dental services. 

Patients who are having their wisdom teeth removed can expect to take a few days off of work and normal activities for recovery. This also varies depending on whether or not the extraction is considered a simple extraction—meaning the teeth have erupted through the gum line and just need to be pulled. Oral surgery to go into the jaw bone and remove impacted teeth often requires more time for healing. Patients who are undergoing this procedure will be advised as to what they can expect during and after the procedure and will be given after-care instructions. Patients are also welcome to contact Rush Creek Dentistry after their procedures with any questions they may have regarding the recovery process that may not have been answered beforehand.

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