Wisdom Teeth Removal in Bay City, MI
Remove Third Molars To Prevent Issues
We have six offices conveniently located in Central Michigan to serve our patients. Our oral surgeons safely and comfortably remove wisdom teeth at all of our locations.
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are the last teeth to develop. They usually make an appearance around the age of 17 or during the early twenties. These teeth are large and there often isn’t room for them in the mouth, which is why many dental professionals recommend having them removed.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained to perform surgery on the face and mouth. This includes the common procedure of wisdom teeth removal. When you attend regular appointments with your dentist, he or she will take X-rays to track the development of wisdom teeth. Once it’s time to have them taken out, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon.
Wisdom Teeth Consultation Appointment
When you visit Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center in Bay City, MI, your surgeon will thoroughly examine your mouth and X-rays to determine the position and development stage of your wisdom teeth. If your surgeon determines that your wisdom teeth pose a risk to your overall oral health, an individual treatment plan will be developed for wisdom teeth removal.
Easy, Virtual Consultations
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center is pleased to offer after-hours online video consultations for patients seeking wisdom teeth removal.
An online video consultation is a virtual appointment that takes place in a HIPAA-compliant video conference setting. It is a safe and convenient way to meet your doctor and care team while you receive important information about your treatment plan, financial details, pre- and post-operative instructions, and more. As an added bonus, an online video consultation allows you to have an appointment at the time and place that is convenient for you. An online video consultation is very similar to an in-person consultation, so you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
While we make every effort to ensure we exceed our patients’ expectations, eligibility is at the discretion of the practice to ensure patient safety and optimal outcomes. In general, patients seeking an online video consultation should
- Be between the ages of 14 and 30 years of age
- Be in good health
- Have recent panorex X-rays
- Have a reliable, high-speed internet connection
If you are interested in an online video consultation for wisdom teeth removal, please call our office and ask the front desk.
Treatment for Impacted Wisdom Teeth
An impacted tooth is one that becomes trapped beneath the gum line and cannot erupt into the dental arch. Wisdom teeth and canine teeth can both become impacted. Because canine teeth are crucial for biting, they are treated with an expose and bond procedure. Meanwhile, wisdom teeth are not necessary for oral function and are removed.
An impacted wisdom tooth can be difficult to clean, causing infection, tumors, and cysts. These teeth grow at an angle toward your other healthy teeth, posing a risk to their alignment, roots, and nearby nerves. Wisdom teeth need to be removed in order to prevent these oral health complications from having the chance to appear.
You can have stem cells from wisdom teeth banked now and used for possible regenerative applications and therapies in the future.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure
We will discuss your options for anesthesia and details of your treatment during your first visit. Most patients undergo IV sedation, which puts you into a comfortable, sleep-like state. You must have an adult present in the office during the procedure to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
During the procedure, your oral surgeon will remove any exposed wisdom teeth with forceps. Impacted teeth may need to be broken into smaller pieces, then removed. Incisions will be stitched closed and you will rest in the recovery area until the anesthesia wears off.
It’s important to follow your post-operative instructions closely throughout the healing process. Avoid using straws for a week to prevent dry socket and stick to soft foods for the first few days. Pain and swelling can be managed with ice packs or over-the-counter medications.
Have Wisdom Teeth Removed in Bay City, MI
Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center has six offices conveniently located in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Oxford, and Midland, Michigan. If you think it’s time to have your wisdom teeth removed or would like an evaluation, please contact our Bay City office today.
Types of Anesthesia
We offer a variety of anesthetic options to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. The method of sedation used depends on your preference, the nature of the procedure, and your medical history.
Hear From Wisdom Teeth Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing wisdom teeth at our office.
Reviews From Our Wisdom Teeth Patients
Courtney Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"When I first walked in, I was just really impressed, just with how the building is itself. You don’t really walk in and see many offices look the way it does. The staff here— they are very welcoming, they greet you. They are very happy to see you. The doctors here are very empathetic, and they have your best interests at heart. Speaking with the doctor in the consultation, he was very reassuring, and that put my mind at ease. It was an easy recovery. If anyone in Flint or Bay City need to get any work done, I would recommend coming to Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons."
Natalie Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"My overall experience at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons was great. The doctors here, I would say, are very caring. They really do their best to accommodate the people in this community. The doctor called the day after the procedure to make sure that I was just fine. My experience with the staff here—they are very friendly. They smiled when I walked in the door. I’m glad I got my wisdom teeth removed, and I’m glad I got it done at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons. I would highly recommend all the doctors here. For all my friends that need oral surgery in Grand Blanc and Davison, come to Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons."
Sydney Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"I was actually told about four years ago that I needed to get my wisdom teeth out, and I was very afraid to get them out because I had never been put under before. I met Dr. Lesneski, and I felt very comfortable with him. Dr. Lesneski is super funny and kind and really helps calm the nerves. The staff is very friendly and nice. They came in constantly trying to make sure that I wasn't nervous or to see if I needed anything. It was super easy and quick. I would say this is the best place to go because the staff is friendly, and the doctors are great, and they're always willing to help you. If any of my friends or family in Bay City, Saginaw, or Midland needed their wisdom teeth taken out, I would highly recommend Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons."
Alyssa Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Frey because I needed to get my wisdom teeth out. My bottom teeth were in, but my top weren't in. The procedure was easier than I thought it was going to be; I thought I was going to be in a lot more pain and more fragile, but I actually wasn't. My recovery was great. I had no pain, and they did give me medication to bear the pain, but I didn't actually take it because I didn't need it. I have friends in Fenton, Flint, and Saginaw, and I would definitely recommend Dr. Frey for getting wisdom teeth out; he's great."
Diane Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"I came to Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons upon a referral from my kids' dentist, Dr. Steve Taft in Flint, Michigan, for their wisdom teeth removal. Yeah, this was their first surgery, so it was kind of nerve-racking as a mom to have your kids go through any type of surgery, but it was their first surgery. Dr. Frey was very easy to make an appointment for a consultation and then subsequently to schedule the surgical appointment. They were very friendly. After the surgery, everything was fine. We never had any complications — no bleeding, hardly any pain. Something that was really close to my heart was that Dr. Frey personally called every night for each of the kids to ask how they were doing, if they were having any pain, if there was anything he could do for them. Staff's very nice, very friendly, very comfortable to talk to. Dr. Frey is probably the most kind doctor or dentist that I've ever known. You can talk very easily to him. He relates to the kids very well. Absolutely, I think it's probably the best place to get your wisdom teeth out and any type of oral surgery in the area."
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time off do you need for wisdom teeth removal?
You can expect to return to your normal routine within 1-2 days after surgery.
Is wisdom teeth removal an emergency?
If your wisdom teeth are causing a substantial amount of pain or you are unable to open or close your mouth, you may require immediate attention. Wisdom teeth themselves can be uncomfortable, and this is usually manageable with ibuprofen or rest. However, persistent pain or bleeding could indicate an emergency, and you should go to the nearest emergency room to receive attention from the oral surgeon on call.
What happens if you don’t remove impacted wisdom teeth?
Leaving impacted wisdom teeth untreated can lead to infections, tumors, or cysts. Infections can lead to periodontal disease, which can cause further decay. Wisdom teeth can push other teeth out of alignment or damage their roots. This set of molars should be removed early to prevent infection and other issues.
How much does wisdom teeth removal cost?
The cost of having wisdom teeth removed depends on how many wisdom teeth you have, your insurance, and your choice of anesthesia. We will outline the cost for treatment during your consultation, keeping you informed every step of the way.
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