Goehring Dental in Austin, TX is home to wisdom tooth dentist Dr. Goehring who has been treating wisdom teeth for over 20 years! Beginning in the mid to late teenage years, it is wise to have a wisdom tooth examination to determine the status in developing or emerging wisdom teeth. Some patients do not experience any symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth and their teeth may erupt normally. Approximately 90% of patients will have at least one impacted wisdom tooth that will require treatment. Wisdom teeth extractions are performed in-office at Goehring Dental by our resident dentist, Dr. Goehring.
Wisdom Tooth Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that our current and prospective patients may have lots of excellent questions about wisdom teeth and the extraction procedure, and we firmly believe in helping our Austin, TX and neighboring area patients make the best-informed decisions possible regarding their oral and overall health! Dr. Goehring has provided responses to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that his wisdom tooth patients ask. Read on to see his answers below!
Why are the third molars called “wisdom teeth”?
The third molars are the final teeth to grow into our mouths and typically begin to erupt in the mid-to-late teens but can begin as late as the mid-to-late-twenties depending on the individual. These late arriving teeth appear at a time when, presumably, a person is much wiser than when their other teeth grew in.
Do I need to have my wisdom teeth extracted even if they aren’t hurting me or if they are already grown in?
Dr. Goehring evaluates wisdom teeth on a strict case-by-case basis as each patient is different and may present their own unique clinical circumstances. Only after a thorough examination will your dentist be able to determine if your wisdom teeth are currently causing problems and whether they have a strong potential to harm your oral health in the future. As we age, wisdom teeth roots become more fused to the jawbone and makes extraction more difficult and increases the risk of complications.
How long will recovery take after my wisdom tooth extraction?
In most cases, patients will be fully recovered from their wisdom tooth extraction procedure within a few days after surgery. If no major complications such as infection or dry socket develop, then patients can expect to miss one to three days of work or school while they recover. Dr. Goehring will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions that will minimize your recovery time and decrease your risk of complications.
What is an “impacted” wisdom tooth?
Wisdom teeth that don’t fully or properly erupt into the mouth are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth are classified by many factors including direction and amount of eruption, orientation in relation to adjacent teeth, and whether the wisdom tooth is embedded in the jawbone or not. Wisdom teeth can present with soft-tissue impaction or hard-tissue impaction; hard-tissue, or “bony” impaction can either be partial or complete.
Why do we even have wisdom teeth?
Our modern lifestyles have practically rendered the third molars, or wisdom teeth, useless. Normal modern day people survive and thrive just as well or better without their wisdom teeth because our oral hygiene and dental health are much better without them. Perhaps our ancestors needed an extra molar to supplement their lifestyle, but today wisdom teeth cause more dental problems than benefits and patients are generally much healthier and happier without them.
How much does wisdom tooth removal cost?
The actual cost of your wisdom tooth extraction will be dependent upon a number of factors including: the number of teeth to be removed, degree of impaction, your insurance coverage just to name a few. Goehring Dental believes that all of our patients should have access to the excellent care that they need at reasonable rates. To this end, we offer a number of payment and financing options to help our patients pay for their wisdom tooth treatment.
Where can I get more information on wisdom teeth?
At Goehring Dental in Austin, TX! Dr. Goehring is a wisdom tooth dentist with years of experience and satisfied patients. Wisdom teeth are our specialty and we endeavor to make the experience as easy, convenient, and comfortable as possible!
Contact Us For a Wisdom Tooth Examination Today!
If you live in or near the south Austin, TX area and you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to your wisdom teeth, then Goehring Dental is where you should go for relief! Our wisdom tooth dentist Dr. Goehring, can perform a complimentary and thorough wisdom tooth examination and panoramic x-rays to permanently solve your current and future wisdom tooth issues! Contact our office to schedule your no-obligation wisdom tooth consultation today and learn why it is a wise idea to address wisdom teeth sooner rather than later in Austin, TX!