Wisdom Teeth Removal in Bay City, MI
Remove Third Molars To Prevent Issues
We have five 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.
Remote consultations save our patients time and money while providing the same exceptional care and attention as in-person visits.
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 five 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. "
Kristine Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Lesneski to have him extract my daughter's wisdom teeth. It is very nervous anytime your child's put under, as a mom, no matter how old they are. Allie was coming home from college and having it done over Christmas break. I was still nervous as a mom; no matter how old your child is, they're still your child. I will say that Dr. Lesneski and his staff put me at ease. They let me stay with her as long as I needed. I really felt like the process was very quick, and for me, it was pretty painless. The staff was great as far as setting up the appointment (making sure she could do it when she was home for Christmas break), call-backs, setting up the appointments — they all were really great to work with. I really felt like him calling to check on her — I mean, he called, he checked on her after the surgery to make sure she was okay. He called the next day. He personally called, not a staff member. Who would you want to do your kid's surgery? Somebody like that."
Sara Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"When we first walked through the door, we felt comfortable in such a nice environment. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and they made us feel at home. Dr. Kittle is very comfortable to talk to. Easy to ask questions. Cameron’s surgery went well, and it was just overall a great experience. For my friends and family in Lapeer, I highly recommend Dr. Kittle. "
Careese Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"Well, I came to Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons because my dentist recommended that I had to have four wisdom teeth pulled, and of course, when I heard that, I was frightened because my older sister had a horrifying experience, and I was like, "Eh, do I want to come? Do I really want to get this done?" I was not excited about it at all. I was a little nervous, and then I also heard that people had different experiences; some people said it hurt, some people said it didn't. I didn't know what I was going to have. I thought I was going to have a 50/50 chance of it happening, so I really didn't know. But they eased my worries a lot when I came into the door. Well, my procedure was relatively simple. I came in, they gave me some laughing gas, and after that, they stuck the needle in, and after that, I don't remember a thing. And honestly, it was a lot easier than I ever anticipated. It wasn't that bad at all. Dr. Lesneski was probably one of the most approachable doctors I have ever experienced. From the moment I walked in the door to the time in the chair getting my procedure done, one of the best guys I've ever experienced when it comes to getting any kind of dental procedure. They're perfect, and they're wonderful when it comes to treating you and taking care of you."
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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