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Wisdom teeth removal in  Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, and Owosso, Michigan
Wisdom teeth removal in  Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, and Owosso, Michigan

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.

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

Sydney Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Sydney
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"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."

Kristine Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Kristine
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"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."

Careese Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Careese
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"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."

Michael Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Michael
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"Why I came to see Dr. Frey was because I needed my wisdom teeth out. I was in pain — I was having a lot of pain in the back of my mouth. I went to the dentist, and they said that my teeth were coming in wrong, and then from there, they took me right to Dr. Frey. I never had any type of surgery before, so when they said that it was a type of surgery, I was kind of freaking out. But when I knew I was coming here and everything, it was fine. It was quick, easy. It was no pain at all after. I was fine — he took care of me. The staff here is really nice; they're friendly. Dr. Frey — he's a great guy. He can make you smile if you're nervous or anything before. He's there to take care of you. I recommend Dr. Frey and their team to anyone that's nervous or needing to get something done."

Jake Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Jake
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Patient

"I came to see Dr. Lesneski because I needed my wisdom teeth taken out. I just remember going back there, and then I got put under, and I just don't remember a thing after that. I just thought it would hurt — like I could feel it — but you can't feel it at all. Wasn't really in pain; it just took a little bit of time for all the stuff to heal up, and I did. It was fine. It didn't take too long to heal. The staff — they're nice, they smile, they're good to talk to. Dr. Lesneski — I like him, he's a good guy. I can get along with him pretty good. Yeah, I know people in Goodrich, Fenton, and Flint, Michigan, that I would for sure recommend Dr. Lesneski to, to get their wisdom teeth out."

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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