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 six 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.
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
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."
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."
Rachel Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"I came here to get my wisdom teeth taken out, and Dr. Frey did it. I was really nervous, but the doctor—he came in, and he explained what he was going to do, and it was better once it was explained to me what was going to happen. I came in, and they put me to sleep for it, and when I woke up, it was easier than I thought it was going to be. The staff was actually really nice to me, and if you had any questions, they were good at answering and telling you. Dr. Frey really explained everything, and he was helpful if you had any questions. My procedure was really easy, and it was like I fell asleep and woke up, and it was over. If anyone in Flint, Fleshing, Fenton, needed their wisdom teeth taken out, I would definitely recommend Dr. Frey."
Dillon Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"Well, first off, I went and got my semi-annual dentist checkup, and they said it would be about time to get my wisdom teeth out, so I wanted to get it done before school. So I got my wisdom teeth out, so that way, I'd be ready for the fall semester. It went great; I got them all out — I actually had five wisdom teeth, so I got that extra one, and I didn't really want to keep them, but when I came home, my mom had all five. Oh, it's been really nice working with Dr. Frey. He's a really enjoyable, fun person, and I think that's a big part of the profession — not just to do quality work but also just to communicate and enjoy your experience. His staff is really fun, like just being here today. Just a lot of good energy and a lot of fun people around here. If any of my friends or family needed their wisdom teeth extracted within the Davison, Flint, or Flushing area, I would definitely recommend Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons."
Tabatha Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure
"I came to see Dr. Lesneski for my wisdom teeth. I was in pain, so I needed to get my wisdom teeth taken out. I was nervous that something might go wrong, or I might not take to the anesthetic and it might hurt. The staff and Dr. Lesneski helped to calm my nerves by, you know, explaining every step that they were going to do and helping me get calm and just basic things, like telling me really what was going to happen. The process did go a lot easier than I initially thought it was going to. Dr. Lesneski is a very good doctor, and he helps you really understand, you know, and some doctors don't do that, and it was really amazing that he did. I have friends in Davison, Montrose, Clio, and Goodrich, and I would definitely recommend them to come here to Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons because they did a very well job."
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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