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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 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

Carrie Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Carrie
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"I was searching for an oral surgeon that I could trust. The team here at Dr. Lesneski’s office is excellent. They are warm, inviting. They are awesome people. I think the best attribute that I see with Dr. Lesneski is his personality. He gives you the time that you need as a parent when you present yourself with concerns about your child, and he makes you feel at ease right from the beginning. As we came in, everything was just as Dr. Lesneski had said. It was perfect. The recovery was great as well, and he was up and at ‘em within 24 hours. I would give Greater Michigan beyond five stars. They are fabulous at what they do."

Ryann Reviews His Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Ryann
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"I was referred to by my grandmother; she had previously had a surgery done by Dr. Frey, and she told me how gentle and kind he was. It was when I had gotten my braces on, and one of my tooth would not come up, and he exposed my tooth and put a bracket on so that it would come up properly. It was really good; he told me everything that he was going to do before he did it, so that made me comfortable. For my wisdom teeth, I had Dr. Lesneski, and he was so friendly. He was just so personable and made himself seem more like your friend, and that helped me out because I was so nervous and I was so scared, but he said, "It's going to be easy, I'm going to take care of you, and we're going to get through this." And I said, "Cool." After I got up, he came and saw my afterwards and said, "You did great. You came through like a champ." I plan on referring all my friends to Dr. Lesneski and Dr. Frey because they're so nice, and they really make sure that you're happy and you're healthy, and they want to make you happy."

Tabatha Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Tabatha
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"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."

Erisa Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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Erisa
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"I had a wisdom tooth that I needed to have taken out—I put it off for a very long time—and I also needed an implant put in. I was scared. I do not like be sedated—until I met Dr. Lesneski. It went really well. I was sedated, my procedure felt like it took a minute, even though I'm sure it took a lot longer, and I went home, recovered pretty fast, and everything went back to normal. I do like his office. His staff is very friendly. I really appreciate the fact he walked me through the entire procedure and made me feel safe. I would highly recommend Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons, especially Dr. Lesneski."

Courtney Reviews Her Wisdom Teeth Procedure

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"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."

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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