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. Hamilton, Dr. McCaskey, Dr. Watts, Dr. Yuan and Dr. Zastrow 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


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 99 Wisdom Teeth Removal reviews.

I thought the pain would be worse but it was not as bad as I thought! Went back to eating soft foods 5 days later. 🙂 Thank you!

- Gianna B

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The staff here is absolutely amazing and extremely accommodating! (Lyric is the best!!) Dr. Hamiliton is a great surgeon and very easy to talk to. My wisdom teeth removal went very well with no complications and almost pain free!! I couldnt have asked for a better team.

- August W

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Dr. McCaskey is patient, knowledgeable, and a great oral surgeon. The entire staff makes you feel at ease. I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed without sedation and Dr. McCaskey was efficient and gentle and ensured I was okay at all times. I can’t say enough how great this place is, if you fear the dentist this is the right place for you. I won’t go anywhere else.

- Jody P

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If you ever have to have your wisdom teeth removed, I highly recommend coming here. Very friendly staff and pain was very minimal. Great service and positive experience.

- Estevan S

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Very professional and excellent customer service (IE: front office staff). Very relaxing environment and peaceful NOT stressful. Dr. Hamilton was very knowledgeable and very patient friendly.

- Troy R

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great job, Im super happy

- Thiago L

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I recently had my wisdom tooth removed on 6/11. I am always very apprehensive about dental procedures . My experience at this office was good! The staff were awesome . Jennifer was always helpful and thoroughly checked my insurance . Vicky and Amy were amazing and comforted me before the procedure . An act of kindness that i will never forget ! I would recommend this practice to anyone!

- Alicia A

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What a great experience! Dr. Brian made the process so easy and painless. Staff was amazing and helpful. I was very nervous before the surgery but they explained everything thoroughly and calmed me before the surgery. I would definitely recommend Dr. Brian and his staff.

- Guven D

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Dr Hamilton and his staff were wonderful. I had an impacted wisdom tooth and I was so nervous about getting it removed under sedation. But the staff was fantastic and Dr. Hamilton was excellent. The procedure was quick and painless. His office was very easy to contact with any questions I may have had along the way as well. I would highly recommend this office for dental procedures.

- Delaura P

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was a bit nervous in regards to my wisdom teeth extraction, after the first day of the operation was a bit rough,but tampa bay jaw and facial surgery did such and amazing job and ive healed up perfectly and have zero issues. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

- tristin z

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excellent experience!! highly recommend.

- rachel t

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Dr.Watts Is The Best !! and Her Staff is amazing making you sure you are aware of everything that they are doing . The front staff also amazing help me out right way! I had my Wisdom Teeth removal today 3/29/2019 and it was so amazing i was so nervous and scared! But the staff and assistant was so helpful they made me felt inwas at home . I love everything about them there the best && they will calll in the afternoon around 1ish and also right when they are about to close to see if you are doing great and if you have any questions!! I LOVE IT !!!

- Katherine R

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The staff at Tampa Bay Jaw & Facial Surgery was extremely helpful! They answered all my questions before my wisdom tooth extraction and after the procedure was done. It was fast and easy! Thank you!

- Briana R

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Dr. Hamilton was a great oral surgeon... the Wesley chapel staff were amazing from start to finish. i would highly recommend this office!!!!

- Donnie H

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great experience

- Jennifer B

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I highly commend Dr. Hamilton for an absolutely wonderful experience!. I waited twelve years to have my wisdom teeth removed due to prior dental experiences not being pleasant and leading to additional unnecessary dental work. His staff was extremely professional, pleasant and informative throughout the process. After the first day of healing, it was as if I never had the teeth removed. I had no pain whatsoever. I will refer Dr. Hamilton to my family and friends.

- Laura B

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The overall procedure was really quick and painless. I was scared to go in at first but the entire staff made everything very easy for me and broke down everything into simple terms. Dr Hamilton took really good care of me and made sure everything was explained to me before and after the procedure. I would recommend this office to anyone who are looking to get their wisdom teeth removed.

- Dennis L

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it was a great time, the staff was super nice and the procedure went great, would come back again if needed

- cambell b

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Having my wisdom teeth removal by Dr. Hamilton wasn't scary at all. Everyone was nice to me and made my nerves not so bad. After the procedure I was a little sore, but they were great for giving me instruction on how I can help myself get better.

- Taylor P

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Very welcoming and caring environment, Dr. Hamilton was great!

- Brenna M

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