Wisdom Teeth Removal

Patient after experiencing minimally invasive wisdom teeth removal

Do you need wisdom teeth removed, but are worried that it will hurt? Worry no more! Our team of dental professionals specializes in wisdom tooth removal for people of all ages in Austin.

Why You Might Need Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth usually erupt, or come in through the gums, around the age of 17. Because they are the final teeth to arrive, these extra molars can cause overcrowding that could affect your oral health. Overcrowding can prevent the four wisdom teeth from erupting completely through the gums – dentists refer to these teeth as impacted wisdom teeth. Impaction and overcrowding can affect the alignment of your teeth, cause infection, damage the jawbone that holds your teeth in place, and contribute to long-term oral health issues.

To avoid overcrowding, impaction, and other complications associated with wisdom teeth, many dental professionals recommend removing the wisdom teeth as soon as possible. 

Symptoms of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Impacted wisdom teeth do not always cause symptoms, but when they do, symptoms may include:

  • Gums that are red, tender, swollen, or bleeding
  • Jaw joint pain or aches
  • Swelling around your jaw
  • Chronic bad breath, known as halitosis
  • Headaches
  • A sour taste or unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Pain or stiffness when opening or closing your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck

Everything You Should Know About Wisdom Teeth Removal

Is wisdom tooth extraction usually a preventative procedure?

Dentists in the United States remove more than 10 million wisdom teeth each year. About 60 percent of these procedures are preventive, which means the extractions are not required to alleviate symptoms, but done to reduce the risk of complications later in the patient’s life. 

Why shouldn’t I wait on wisdom teeth removal?

You can have wisdom teeth removed at any age, but the best time to remove wisdom teeth is when you are in your late teens or early twenties, which is when the roots of your wisdom teeth are not completely developed and take up little space in your jaw. If you wait too long to have them removed, the molars and jawbone develop fully and are therefore harder to extract. Removing fully-developed wisdom teeth is not only more difficult, but also carries a higher risk for complications. While you can have your wisdom teeth extracted at any age, younger patients tend to recover faster than do older patients. 

How much does it cost?

Several factors can affect the cost of wisdom tooth extraction. These factors include the number of wisdom teeth to be extracted, the type of anesthesia used, the potential for complications, and the amount of coverage your dental insurance provides.

To help you plan for your wisdom teeth extraction, we are glad to provide you with an estimated cost of your treatment and anticipated insurance coverage during your consultation.

What should I expect?

Wisdom tooth extraction is much less stressful when you know what to expect. Here is what you should know before your procedure.

First, you will receive sedation and anesthesia

Sedation and anesthesia help keep you pain-free and comfortable during wisdom teeth extraction. We offer several options for sedation, including conscious sedation in which you will not experience discomfort or remember the procedure, but you will be conscious enough to respond to our dentist’s questions and instructions. 

The procedure comes next

Dentists use a variety of instruments to remove wisdom teeth. Our dentist will use these instruments to make an incision to expose the tooth and bone, remove the tooth, and clean the site. In some cases, we close the wound with stitches to improve healing. We then place gauze over the wound site to control bleeding and promote the formation of a blood clot. It takes about an hour to remove four wisdom teeth. 


You can expect to feel a bit groggy when you wake up after the procedure. We’ll monitor your progress until you are ready to go home. You’ll need someone to drive you home. 


We will provide you with some aftercare instructions before you leave. Most people can typically resume their normal activities a day or two after wisdom teeth surgery; full recovery time depends on your age and the extent of the tooth extraction procedure. 

Niva Dental Specialists offers the wisdom teeth removal Austin residents rely on for a great smile. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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