Wisdom Teeth Removal in Puyallup, WA
Safe and Comfortable Third Molar Extraction
The average mouth only has enough space for 28 teeth. When wisdom teeth develop, there often isn’t enough room for an extra set of molars to emerge and function in the mouth. We safely extract wisdom teeth in our clean and comfortable Puyallup, WA, office to prevent future health problems from arising.
We recommend removing wisdom teeth during the mid to late teen years. They typically develop around the age of 17, but you can have them extracted at any age. Younger patients have smoother recoveries and the third molars are not yet fully developed, making this procedure much easier when it’s done early. Your general dentist takes X-rays to track the development of your teeth. Your dentist or oral surgeon will remove the teeth, but oral and maxillofacial surgeons are third molar experts and are needed for more complex cases or impacted teeth.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth & Other Problems
Wisdom teeth can push and shove their way through the gum line, grow towards your other teeth, or even be trapped beneath the gums. When this happens, the tooth is considered to be impacted. An impacted tooth, because it is partially erupted, can be difficult to clean around, leaving you prone to infections or cavities.
The root of a wisdom tooth is large, which means that it can grow towards your nerves or impact the roots of your other teeth. Other common issues include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Dental crowding
- Tooth misalignment
- Bone loss
- Tenderness and sensitivity
Just because you’re not in pain doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. Some people never develop wisdom teeth in their lifetime, while others develop between one and four or more than four. This is why attending regular dental checkups is important, because early detection leads to easier treatment.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Process
Treatment begins with a consultation. During this appointment, we will take 3D scans of your mouth and teeth and develop a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your needs. We will discuss anesthesia options to ensure you are comfortable and at ease throughout treatment.
On the day of your surgery, your doctor will administer the selected form of anesthesia. Then, your oral surgeon will make an incision in your gums and remove any bone blocking the teeth. If your teeth have erupted through the gums, we may be able to remove them using forceps. If needed, your wisdom teeth will be broken into smaller pieces to make removal easier.
Any surgical sites will be stitched closed, and you will rest comfortably in our resting area until the anesthesia has worn off. It is your responsibility to arrange a designated driver to take you home after your surgery. This person should stay with you for 24 hours to assist with anything you might need while you’re still under the effects of anesthesia.
Our practice offers a non-opioid option for pain relief after surgery. Ask your doctor about EXPAREL®.
Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Puyallup, WA
The cost of having your wisdom teeth removed by one of our oral surgeons depends on how many third molars you have, your choice of anesthesia, and your insurance. We will go over this information during your first visit and provide you with a cost estimate upfront.
Hear From Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom teeth removal at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Removal Patients
Sheryl Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
"I came to Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons to get my wisdom teeth out. I definitely had pain inside my lower jaw area. They were very good at putting me at ease and explaining what they were doing. The surgeons know what they’re talking about — definitely a really good place to come. Dr. Ben Johnson is very friendly, very easy to get along with, very clear and concise, knows what he’s doing. Now that I have my wisdom teeth out, I feel pretty good. It’s not something I have to worry about anymore. I would definitely recommend this place — very nice people, know what they’re doing. Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons is definitely a great place to come. "
Mike Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
"I came to Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons to get a total restoration. I think Carl Johnson is very easy to talk to. He had a full staff of people — there was four people that were involved one way or another, Carl being the principal person. You trust him; I guess you trust him in the fact you know that he’s going to tell you the way it is. I like Mike Johnson a lot. He’s very sensitive to how you want your finished teeth to look like. They’re so natural now that I’m not really conscious of it until somebody says, “Wow, I like your teeth.” Dental implants are definitely the way to go. I wouldn’t have done anything differently. The finished product is everything I expected. Anybody in the Kent area that was looking for any kind of dental work like I went through, I would highly recommend Pacific Northwest Oral Surgeons."
Salena Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
"I needed to have my wisdom teeth taken out, and that's why I came to see Dr. Johnson. When I first came in, I was just kind of nervous, but then, right when I walked into the place, they were so nice, and so it just kind of went away, and then I realized, "Yeah, I should probably get these taken out." My recovery? It took me about three days to be recovered because then I was back on the court coaching basketball. All my friends had talked about it, and they were in so much pain, and I was kind of scared to get them taken out, but then, once I went through with it, it was really easy, and it went by in, like, no time. I would recommend Dr. Johnson to everybody."
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I go to work after a wisdom tooth removal?
If you have undergone IV sedation, you will be sleepy for the rest of the day following surgery. You should not drive or operate machinery. Your primary focus should be resting and allowing your surgical sites to heal. You can return to your normal routine several days following surgery.
How painful is wisdom teeth recovery?
Some discomfort can be expected with any surgical procedure. You can manage swelling and pain with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. Be sure to take in lots of fluids and rest so that your healing period is smooth and quick. By following the guidelines in your post-operative instructions, you can expect to fully heal in about 2 weeks and return to your normal routine in a few days.
Rinse your mouth to keep your teeth clean and prevent infection. Practicing good home care, such as sticking to soft foods and resting, will speed up the healing process and lead to a smoother recovery.
How do I know if I have dry socket or normal pain?
A dry socket is when the blood clot in the empty socket dislodges before the wound heals. Exposing the nerves below the socket can cause intense pain. If you experience sudden pain in the extraction site or were improving and quickly became worse, you may have a dry socket and should contact our office.
Should you be put to sleep for wisdom teeth?
Many patients under IV sedation for this procedure. This form of sedation puts you in a sleep-like state, unaware of the procedure and unable to feel pain. You are able to answer questions asked by your surgeon, but will wake up in the recovery area with no recollection of the surgery. General anesthesia is also an option, which will render you unconscious. We will discuss your options for sedation during your consultation.