wisdom teeth removalIf you’ve been told you need your wisdom teeth removed, you may feel a sense of panic. How much does wisdom teeth removal cost? Is recovery from wisdom teeth surgery a big deal? Why do they need to remove your wisdom teeth in the first place? 


Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re worried about wisdom teeth removal, we have everything you need to know about the procedure, including why it may be done, the cost, and what to expect in recovery. 

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

You may need your wisdom teeth removed if:

  • You have a small mouth or lack space in your mouth.
  • Your wisdom teeth are impacted (growing the wrong way).
  • Your wisdom teeth are infected or at high risk for infection.
  • Your dentist sees potential issues with your wisdom teeth.


Your wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. These teeth sometimes do not fit in your mouth and must be removed. On top of crowding your teeth, which can mess with your bite alignment and cause pain, wisdom teeth may be hard to floss and brush, putting you at risk for dental decay. 


Your dentist may also recommend tooth extraction if your teeth look like they’re coming in at the wrong angle or if you have a family history of wisdom teeth issues. 

Is Wisdom Teeth Extraction Painful?

Wisdom teeth extraction is done while sedated and numbed, meaning that the process may involve feeling pressure, but the actual extraction should not be painful. You will be sore during recovery, however, so prepare for that. Wisdom teeth extraction can also be done under general anesthetic, which means you will not remember the procedure. Talk to your dentist about the different anesthetic options available to you. 

What is the Average Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal?

On average, wisdom teeth removal runs between $200 to $700, though dental insurance can offset this. Be sure to talk to your dentist about options to space out payment after wisdom teeth extraction. 


What is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Recovery Like?

Expect to need to rest after wisdom tooth extraction. You will need someone to drive you home, and you should avoid operating heavy machinery according to your dentist’s instructions. Your dentist will prescribe pain medications to keep you comfortable during recovery, and you can use cold packs to reduce swelling. 


Avoid hard foods and stick to liquid foods for as long as your dentist recommends, and make sure to avoid sucking on straws, as this can dislodge the clot that forms after surgery. Contact your dental team immediately if you experience excessive pain, a foul smell or taste in your mouth, or other signs of infection. 


If you want to schedule a wisdom tooth extraction, contact Artistic Smiles at (305) 271-3333. Our team of trained dental professionals would happily answer any questions and schedule an appointment with our dental team as soon as possible. 







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