Wisdom Teeth Removal in Flint, MI
Prevent Problems & Protect Oral Health
Many dental professionals recommend having wisdom teeth removed early to prevent them from damaging your oral health. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop. The average mouth can only hold 28 teeth, so it can be problematic when an additional four try to squeeze in. Wisdom teeth develop during the late teens or early twenties. The sooner they are taken out, the less of a chance they have to cause issues. A person usually develops four wisdom teeth, but some people develop more than four while others develop none at all. It's important to attend regular checkups with your dentist, who tracks the development of these third molars.
When your general dentist spots wisdom teeth developing, they refer you to an oral surgeon to have them extracted. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons specialize in surgical procedures involving the mouth and face. Our experts at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center regularly perform this procedure in the safety and comfort of our five offices in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Oxford, and Midland.
Wisdom Teeth Consultation Appointment
When you visit Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center in Flint, 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.
Treat Impacted Wisdom Teeth
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that grows at an angle and becomes trapped beneath the gum. Wisdom teeth have large and unpredictable roots, which can damage nerves and roots of other teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth are difficult to properly clean, which can lead to infections. Leaving these teeth untreated for a long period of time can lead to the formation of painful cysts and tumors.
When canine teeth are impacted, they are treated with an expose and bond procedure. Wisdom teeth, however, do not serve a primary function and can simply be removed.
You can have stem cells from wisdom teeth banked now and used for possible regenerative applications and therapies in the future.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
During your first visit, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons, who will discuss your options for anesthesia and take 3D scans of your mouth. Most patients undergo IV sedation, which puts you into a sleep-like state unable to feel pain. A responsible adult must drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours after your procedure.
On the day of the procedure, your surgeon will remove any exposed wisdom teeth with forceps. We will break impacted wisdom teeth into smaller pieces before extracting them all. Any incisions are stitched closed, and you will rest in our recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. Be sure to follow the post-operative instructions closely to ensure proper care of the surgical sites and how to manage discomfort.
Be sure to keep the extraction sites clean throughout the healing process. Do not drink through straws, as this can cause dry socket. Rinse your mouth with salt water beginning the day after surgery. Pain or swelling can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, ice packs, and sticking to soft foods for a few days.
Have Wisdom Teeth Removed in Flint, MI
If it is time for you or your child to have wisdom teeth extracted, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment. You can find our office on the southern side of Flint near I-75 and W Hill Rd. Our Flint, MI, office proudly serves the surrounding areas of Burton, Davison, Fenton, Grand Blanc, and Lapeer.
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
Brandi Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"We came to see Dr. Kittle because my daughter needed her wisdom teeth extracted. The team here is really friendly. When we first walked in the front door, they were smiling, and they were happy to see us, and they just made us feel really comfortable the whole time we were here. Dr. Kittle was really friendly, and he made her feel really at ease. He even called us the next day to check on her and see how she was doing. The recovery for my daughter was really quite simple. The next day, you know, she took things pretty slow, but she really healed pretty quickly and pretty easily. Overall, our experience with Dr. Kittle and his staff was amazing. For my friends and family in Midland, I highly recommend Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons."
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. "
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."
Daniel Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"Well, I came to see Dr. Lesneski to get my wisdom teeth pulled because they started going through my gums. I was a little bit nervous before my procedure because you have to go in and then they take your teeth out, and you don't know what's going on, but other than that, it's fine after. My procedure went fine. Just came here and then went into the room and got put on the gas and everything and went straight to sleep. My recovery was good. I just stayed at home and laid down and just relaxed for the entire time. Dr. Lesneski was really nice and kind and made sure that I was alright and everything was going to be okay. If you were to go get your wisdom teeth out, I'd go see Dr. Lesneski because everyone was really nice and kind and made sure everything was okay and good."
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. "
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time do you need off for wisdom teeth removal?
Most patients return to their normal routines within a few days after surgery. We outline the steps you should follow throughout your recovery. The surgical sites will heal over the next few weeks, and you can return to a normal diet after the first two days as tolerated.
How much does it cost to get wisdom teeth removed?
The cost of this procedure depends on how many teeth you need to have removed, your choice of anesthesia, and the details of your insurance. Most patients undergo IV sedation, which puts you in a sleep-like state unable to feel discomfort. People can develop between one and four wisdom teeth, more than four, or none at all. We will outline the cost during your first visit.
How long does removing all four wisdom teeth take?
Generally, it takes about 1 hour to have wisdom teeth removed. This varies if you have impacted wisdom teeth or have more or less than four wisdom teeth.
What happens if you wait too long to get wisdom teeth out?
There is no maximum age for wisdom tooth removal. We recommend having them removed early because younger patients have easier recoveries. Additionally, removing them before they fully develop lessens the risk of complications. Leaving wisdom teeth untreated can cause damage to nearby teeth or roots.
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