Wisdom Teeth Removal Charlotte NC

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Moore 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. Dr. Moore is trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.

Fill out our Appointment Form or call us at Charlotte Office Phone Number 704-358-8898 if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Moore today!

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. 

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 of your surgery, it is essential that you have nothing to eat or drink (excluding blood pressure medication with a small sip of water at least 3 hours prior to planned procedure) for at least 8 hours (preferably longer). This does not mean you should try to fit in one “last meal” exactly eight 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.

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 a milkshake following surgery or some type of cold, soft food prior to ingestion of any 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.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Cost & Wisdom Teeth 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. Dr. Moore’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 Charlotte Office Phone Number 704-358-8898 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.

Charlotte Oral Surgery

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Dr. Kent Moore and his staff were spectacular. I had late blooming wisdom teeth (at 25 years old) and was absolutely panicked about the procedure. I was very concerned about the pain and really anxious about the sedative anesthesia I would receive for the procedure and Dr. Moore eased my mind before, during and after my procedure. As he was prepping me for surgery, he and his staff helped me relax by covering me with blankets, numbing my arms for IVs and talking me to sleep - literally. I woke up 45 minutes later with absolutely no 'loopy' anesthesia feeling and almost no oral discomfort. When it came to providing me at-home care, Dr. Moore set me up with anabiotics, a few options for painkillers and a care package goodies for my mouth. I would recommend his office's services over and over again!

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We have had 3 of our children treated here. Staff is always friendly and procedures and healing went great! Highly recommended!

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Excellent expetience

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Kent is the MAN- what he says goes!

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Great staff, great doctor. I'm very pleased with the entire experience. Would definitely reccomend to a friend.

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Very pleased with Dr. Moore and his staff. We were treated like family.

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Everyone was very nice and it was easy to schedule appointments

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Great doctor, great staff. They made having all four of my wisdom teeth removed a breeze.

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Wisdom teeth removal went smoothly with very little recovery time needed. Procedure was explained in detail and all questions answered.

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It was a great experience. I'm 19 & decided to get my wisdom teeth removed before getting any older. I was very nervous but the receptionists & Kent moore made me very comfortable. The procedure was explained to me very well and the process went great. I will recommend 10/10.

- Ashley

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Interesting experience. Glad it is over.

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Excellent experience with Dr. Moore and Charlotte Oral Surgery!

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Excellent service. No problems or complications. Great doctor and staff!

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I was indecisive about choosing which oral surgeon to go to, but after meeting the staff at Dr. Moore's office I knew I would be in good hands. Very satisfied with my visit. Will definitely recommend this place to a friend.

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