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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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What You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth Extraction

by Eric Bailey

Having your wisdom teeth removed is not uncommon. For many people, wisdom teeth extraction is necessary. Wisdom teeth are another set of molars, which you may or may not have enough room for in your mouth. While most people have a complete set of four wisdom teeth, it's not unusual to have one to three or even none at all. If you do have wisdom teeth, leaving them in may cause oral issues and discomfort, which is why an extraction may be the best option. Here are three things to know about wisdom teeth extraction.

When Extraction Is Necessary

Not everyone needs wisdom teeth extraction surgery; however, there are a few signs that indicate that it is something you should consider. Often your dentist will recommend extraction for wisdom teeth that are impacted, that crowd other teeth, and that only partially erupt from the gums. In addition, if you do not have enough room for wisdom teeth in your mouth, they can grow in at different angles, causing discomfort and other dental issues. If your wisdom teeth are a problem, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for extraction surgery.

When To Get Extraction

Another thing to consider is when to go through wisdom teeth extraction surgery. Wisdom teeth tend to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Therefore, this is typically the preferred period for wisdom teeth extraction. However, you can have your wisdom teeth removed at nearly any age. For some people, their wisdom teeth are not an issue when they are younger but start to cause problems later in life. 

How Much It Costs

Another thing that you should know about wisdom teeth extraction is how much it will cost. How much you pay will depend on the type of extraction necessary. Simple wisdom teeth extraction, where a fully erupted wisdom tooth is removed, will cost between $75 and $200 per tooth. Wisdom teeth extraction surgery is pricier, typically coming in at $225 to $600 per tooth. Dental insurance will typically cover up to half of your wisdom teeth extraction. 

If you require wisdom teeth extraction, there are a few things to know. First, extraction is not always necessary, but if it is, your dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon. Second, while it is recommended to get this procedure between your late teens and mid-20s, you can get wisdom teeth extracted at any age. Finally, the cost of extraction will vary depending on what type of extraction procedure is necessary and whether you have dental insurance. 

For more information on wisdom teeth extraction, contact a local dentist or oral surgeon.