Wisdom Teeth Removal Tampa FL

Oral Examination for Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Barbick, Dr. Langston, Dr. Bedi and Dr. Hamilton 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.

Call Tampa Office Phone Number 813- 264-2286 with questions or to schedule your wisdom teeth removal consultation.

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 representation of a pericoronitis infection 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.

An example of a cyst formation 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.

An illustration of teeth crowding causes 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 visual of a wisdom tooth damaging 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 more dense. 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.

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 a 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 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 afterwards to ensure comfort, and allow adequate time to travel home and rest. You will be sleepy for a significant portion of the day.

smiling teenage son with his mother

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 Tampa Office Phone Number 813- 264-2286 to speak to one of our patient care coordinators.

A smiling woman

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.

Tampa Bay Jaw and Facial Surgery

5 out of 5 stars based on 49 Wisdom Teeth Removal reviews.

Great combination of efficiency and professionalism!

- James L

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Procedure went perfect, and i had little to no pain as i recovered.

- Nicklas M

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I went in for a wisdom tooth extraction and I was in a lot of pain. Dr Barbick did a great job removing my tooth and he made sure I was comfortable during the whole procedure, I left his office pain free. I would highly recommend him to everyone.

- Tessa P

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Great overall work. Everyone was really friendly and they got me in super quick. The surgery was a breeze and the recovery was much easier than anticipated. Would recommend this establishment.

- Mackenzie F

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The staff at the Carrollwood office were polite and reassuring throughout the process. The process was quick and painless ::wink wink::. Sherry explained the care package and ensured I understood. Hopefully, the recovery will not be so bad.

- Anonymous

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Dr. Hamilton and the staff at the Wesley Chapel location did a fantastic job and I will be recommending them to any of my family and friends who need quality dental work done from great people. Thank you for a pain free experience.

- Zach G

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Super fast! I always knew what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

- Barbara R

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Quick, friendly and professional

- Jeff M

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Seems like having your wisdom teeth extracted at 60 is a bit unnecessary but it had to be done along with another tooth extraction to prepare for extensive bridgework. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the care and service I received from EVERYONE at Tampa Bay Jaw & Facial Surgery. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable - I knew exactly how much the procedure was going to cost from start to finish - The doctor put me at ease from the moment I met him - the surgery was done with such precision and the follow-up calls were numerous and so welcome. I would highly recommend this group for any procedure - from extractions to implants, and the other services they offer. If you get another quote that comes in a few dollars less, I would still suggest paying a bit more for the peace of mind that comes with knowing that so many have had such great service outside of my own personal experience - you can't put a price on that. Well done!!

- Glenn W

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This facial surgery office was wonderful. From the consultation to the end of the surgery. I was spoken to clearly, informed about more than I could even dream, and treated kindly and with calmness. They were thoughtful in my health and happiness and even noticing my hunger after the surgery. I got a smoothie with my surgery was finished. I would highly recommend this office and Dr. Betty to any of my friends or family.

- Liesil S

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AWESOME WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL, DR.HAMILTON WAS GREAT, AS WELL AS DR.LAUREN. VERY PROFESSIONAL.

- COBI S

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My experience at this carolwood office was great. Dr. Was great and nurse Sherry was awesome. She explained everything perfectly and I will be recommending this office to others

- Richard E

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Very kind staff. I felt safe and confident about the procedure going into it.

- Alexis H

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Great and quick process. The staff in Wesley Chapel was amazing. Service was beyond expectations. After the procedure was a wonderful experience, barely any pain. I would definitely recommend this office!

- Alexia J

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I have a very low pain tolerance and hate going to the dentist. Dr. Langston and his staff took such great care of me and my nerves. The office was beautiful, and very comfortable. Would highly recommend to anyone in need of wisdom teeth extraction. Thank you Dr. Langston!

- Jena R

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Excellent angel hands So determined and precise ! Thanks blessing Doctor

- Belays Rosario

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The team here is very professional and extremely customer service oriented. I loved the treatment I recieved and would highly recommend Dr.Halmitons office to those who ask or don't. I'll just force my awesome experience into conversation. Lol

- Anevia J

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Dr Barbick was efficient and profession!

- James L

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Dr. Langston and his staff are very welcoming and I was very well informed.

- Alec M

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My experience was seamless and painless. I was having wisdom tooth pain and called first thing in the morning to see if they could fit me in. They had availability, so I came in for the consultation. After discussing my options with me I chose to have the tooth removed. The procedure was painless. Great experience!!!

- Mariella C

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