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. Bedi, Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Sybo and Dr. Watts 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 93 Wisdom Teeth Removal reviews.

Dr. Hamilton was very professional and was a pro with my 16 year old during her wisdom teeth surgery.

- Caroline W

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I came into doctor Hamilton's office in pain and wanting relief. His staff was very help and explain each part of my procedure and billing. answered all my questions. He and his staff is well educated. i would recommend him for services. Wish he could do general work. First time I could save I love coming to the dentist.

- Whitney B

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Dr. Hamilton removed my daughters wisdom teeth. He was very professional and the entire process was fantastic. Highly recommend Dr. Hamilton.

- Ainsleigh W

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Dr. Hamilton was awesome! he was fast. He explained the procedure as we was going, and he made you feel relaxed. Lauren assisted Dr. Hamilton with the procedure. She answered all my questions and more. Get experience and I will be back soon!!!

- Brandy S

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Carrolwood location Oral surgeon and all supporting staff were absolutely wonderful!!! I was talked through the entire procedure would definitely recommend to anyone I know would needs facial or jaw surgery!! Thank you ️

- Akeber B

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Carrollwood location Team was great! Made me feel super comfortable.. offered a blanket and music to help me relax. Absolutely recommend!

- Stephanie L

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Very friendly and empathetic during the procedure

- Brian M

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Quick and easy procedure. Friendly staff.

- Chris S

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Dr Watts was AWESOME! Was very professional, friendly and staff was very friendly and informative. If you need to get surgery this is the place.

- Jeremy

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I am very satisfied with my treatment here at Tampa Bay Jaw & Facial Surgery Center. Dr Hamilton and his support staff made my visit as comfortable and pleasant as could be expected. The overall experience far exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend this practice in the future.

- Reuel P

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I had a wisdom tooth that was causing me pain for a couple months. I was dreading the visit only because I didn’t know what to expect, I had never had a tooth removed before and was very nervous. During the procedure the only thing that was painful was my beard hair getting caught on the rubber gloves. Thank you so much!

- Lucas S

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The WC office staff were amazing, everyone from the receptionist to the office manager, Amanda and Dr Hamilton. They all contributed to making me comfortable when I was terrified!!!!

- Kristi Q

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Very friendly staff. I had an awesome experience with my extractions and I was extremely nervous and scared considering it was my first dental procedure. They did a great job explaining and completing everything. Overall great experience I will definitely recommend.

- Kareena B

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I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed by Dr Hamilton. The experience was easy and with minimal pain. I would recommend Tampa Bay Jaw & Facial Surgery to anyone.

- Brian D

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The entire staff and Dr. Hamilton are all so kind and efficient and everyone was very helpful in getting me out of pain! I would recommend to anyone that needs an oral surgeon!

- Donna M

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Everyone was extremely helpful and the procedure was super fast

- Sara F

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My experience at Tampa Bay jaw& facial was amazing! I had 4 wisdom teeth extracted. I was in a lot of pain, so my primary dentist referred me. I came for my consultation and got my procedure the next week. Everything was quick and easy. The office is comfortable and clean. The staff is super nice and made me feel good about my choice to come here. Dr. Hamilton is very professional and too the point, how I like it! I highly reccomend!

- Christina M

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Dr. Langston removed my sons wisdom teeth and from the moment we stepped in the door we had a great experience. The front end staff, nurses and Dr Langston were exceptional. The personal care and attitudes were been beyond my expectations. I would recommend highly.

- Heather L

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The one in Wesley Chapel is the best!! They all made me feel very comfortable getting my wisdom tooth removed, even though I was extremely nervous and they took great care of me! I was in and out in about 30 minutes and didn't feel a thing!! Thank you to all the staff there! If I need anything else done I will definitely be coming back!

- Valerie E

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Very friendly staff, would recommend to anyone's!!

- Justin R

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