Wisdom Teeth Removal in Salem
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Swiderski can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or future potential problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Our doctors are trained, licensed, and highly experienced in providing various types of anesthesia for patients.
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Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
If you do not have enough room in your mouth for your third molars to fully erupt, a number of problems can happen. Impacted wisdom teeth should be removed before their root structure is fully developed. In some patients it is as early as 12 or 13, and in others it may not be until the early twenties. Problems tend to occur with increasing frequency after the age of 30.
Don’t delay if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed.
Some of the possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth include:
The most frequent clinical problem we see is pericoronitis, (a localized gum infection). Without enough room for total eruption, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth can become irritated and infected, resulting in recurrent pain, swelling, and problems with chewing and/or swallowing.
Non-infectious diseases may also arise in association with an impacted wisdom tooth. Cysts are fluid-filled “balloons” inside the jaw bone that develop as a result of impacted teeth and slowly expand destroying adjacent jaw bone and occasionally teeth. They can be very difficult to treat if your wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years. Although rare, tumors can be associated with the delayed removal of wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth may contribute to crowding of your teeth. This is most noticeable with the front teeth, primarily the lower front teeth and is most commonly seen after a patient has had braces. There are a number of factors that cause teeth to crowd after braces or in early adulthood. Retained, impacted wisdom teeth may be a contributing factor. Unless you have an active problem when you see the oral surgeon, the reason for removal is primarily to prevent long-term damage to your teeth, gums and jaw bone.
Damage to Adjacent Teeth:
If there is inadequate room to clean around the wisdom tooth, the tooth directly in front, the second molar, can be adversely affected resulting in gum disease, bone loss around the tooth, and/or decay.
What If I Don’t Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed As A Teenager Or Young Adult?
As wisdom teeth develop, the roots become longer and the jaw bone more dense.When it is necessary to remove impacted wisdom teeth in your thirties, forties or beyond, the post-operative course can be prolonged and there is a higher complication rate. Treating these complications is often more difficult and less predictable than with a younger patient. Healing may be slower and the chance of infection can be increased. If your impacted wisdom teeth are not removed in your teenage years or early in your twenties and they are completely impacted in bone, it may be advisable to wait until a localized problem (such as cyst formation or localized gum disease and bone loss) develops. In general, you will heal faster, more predictably and have fewer complications if treated in your teens or early twenties.
What Happens On The Day Wisdom Teeth Are Removed?
Most people prefer to be unaware of the experience when they have their wisdom teeth removed and usually decide to be sedated. You will be provided with appropriate anesthesia options at your consultation. All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize your comfort. Our office staff has the training, licensing, and experience to provide the various types of anesthesia. These services are provided in an environment of optimum safety, utilizing modern monitoring equipment and a well trained experienced staff. The Surgical Care Team, the office facilities, and the doctors are inspected on behalf of the Board of Dental Examiners on a regular basis.
On the day of your procedure, you will take medications to help minimize post-operative pain and swelling. We ask that a parent or responsible adult accompanies you to the office and plans to stay with you the rest of the day. The procedure will take about 30 to 60 minutes and you will probably be in the office for 90 minutes. Recent advances in medicine and technology allow patients to undergo wisdom tooth removal in a manner, which promotes rapid healing and minimal post-operative discomfort. State of the art sterilization and infection control techniques are used at all times.
On the morning or afternoon of your surgery, it is essential that you have nothing to eat or drink (excluding prescription medications with a sip of water) for at least 6 hours (preferably longer). This does not mean you should try to fit in one “last meal” exactly six hours before your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications, including nausea and vomiting. Your procedure will be rescheduled if you have not heeded these guidelines. We may provide you with a prescription for pain medication at your consultation appointment, which for your convenience, can be filled in advance. When you are seated in the surgical room, we will make every effort to make you as comfortable as possible. If you are going to be sedated, we usually will place an IV in your left arm. This is a quick and nearly painless procedure that ensures optimal delivery of your medication. Local anesthesia is given to you afterwards to ensure comfort, and allow adequate time to travel home and rest. You will be sleepy for a significant portion of the day.
The Day of Treatment
Be sure to have an adult with you at the time of removal. Make plans to have a parent or responsible adult stay with you for the rest of the day, following wisdom tooth removal.
If your surgery requires stitches, these are usually the type that dissolve in 3 to 5 days and do not require removal. You may also notice a sensation of your gums feeling swollen and pulling away from your teeth. This is all part of the normal recovery, and will subside in several days.
Once the local anesthesia wears off, you may require prescription pain medication. Please try non-narcotic anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil®) first, to see if that adequately treats your pain. If not, begin your other prescription pain medication. The local anesthesia may last until the following day, and should not be confused with an injury to your nerve. We recommend starting your post-operative diet with clear liquids such as jello and broths, gradually increasing in substance as your body permits.
We do not recommend using dairy products such as yogurt, ice cream or milkshakes on the day of surgery, as nausea and vomiting may develop in conjunction with the anesthetic and pain medication. If you are given antibiotics and you take birth control pills, please be aware that the birth control pills might become ineffective and take appropriate precautions.
What Does Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost And Is It Covered By Insurance?
The fee for your treatment is determined by a number of factors. These may include the difficulty involved in removing your teeth and which type of anesthesia is best for you. During your consultation appointment, the surgeon will need to review your x-rays, complete an examination and determine the best option for anesthesia, before an accurate estimate can be provided. Every insurance company has a different policy regarding the extent of coverage for a given surgical procedure. The oral surgeon’s office staff will help you obtain maximum insurance coverage for your treatment.
What If I Have Questions Before Surgery?
At the time of your consultation, your specific situation will be discussed in greater detail. We encourage you to ask any questions you may have. If new questions arise after your consultation, please call our office at Oral Surgery Office in Salem Phone Number 503-581-0223 to speak to one of our patient care coordinators.
The Day of Treatment
Please do not eat or drink anything prior to your surgery. Having anything in your stomach can increase the risk for serious anesthetic complications.
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Two of my children have required multiple extractions for pre-orthodontic treatment, and I have had one surgery myself. We have experienced a total of 5 office procedures so far and have had an excellent experience every time. The entire staff is welcoming and compassionate, the office is beautiful and comfortable, and the care is top notch. I highly recommend Dr. Swiderski and his staff for any care you may need.
- Dana M
Great care from everyone , from front office to the Dr. and assistants. Everyone took very good care of me through my procedure . I will return for all of my surgical needs as well as my family. Thank you for getting me out of pain .
I have had numerous dentists and oral surgeons over the years. Dr. Swiderski ranks right at the top. He has pulled several of my teeth, performed a bone graft and did several implants. All procedures were successful in that they were completed fairly quickly and did not have any after surgery complications. Dr. Swiderski personally followed up at day end on patients progress and their concerns. He runs a well functioning practice, his staff know their jobs, work well together and make his patients their priority, as does Dr. Swiderski.
- Gary G
I highly recommend Dr. Swiderski. I was somewhat nervous about dental implant surgery but he put me right at ease. He was fast, efficient and very professional. I had an excellent outcome & will definitely go back to him if I ever require another implant!
- JoAnn B
My experience with Dr. Swiderski and all of his staff including the front office were the most helpful and courtious Team I have encountered in the Dental field. I would highly recommend you choose them first before moving forward on any important surgery for you or your Family.
- Robert H
The staff was compassionate and professional. Could not ask for more attention and cooperation. Dr. Swiderski was friendly, concerned and professional. A post surgery call to check my status is a reflection of his overall treatment. Great dentist
- Henry E
Everything went so well. The office is such a pleasant, calming place (although I did accidentally walk in the wrong door). The medical assistant that I worked with was amazing. She did everything -- took xrays, looked at my case, set up the OR, gave the shots, assisted with the extraction, and so nice! This lady might consider medical school!? Dr Swiderski came in with a big smile, very friendly and made me feel this was going to be easy. The procedure went well. A little tough getting out the roots. I had some pain afterwards, but one day after surgery I'm having no pain at all. Thanks!
- Evan L
I would highly recommend Dr. Swiderski. He made me feel relaxed and put me at ease. He called to check up on me the night of my surgery. It was nice to have someone check up on me to make sure I was doing good. I was expecting to be in pain, after having 5 back teeth pulled. I didn't have any pain after one day surgery.
- James H
As a dentist family myself, I want excellent surgical care of me and my family. Dr. Swiderski and his amazing staff have always taken great care of us. I would recommend them highly!
- Misty C
Dr. Swiderski and all of his staff are professional, friendly people who go above and beyond their job to provide the best patient care. I have been a patient of Dr. Swiderski for many years and have always had a positive experience at Mid-Valley Oral. I would highly recommend Dr. Swiderski and his staff.
- Eugene V
I am a grumpee old man who had a impacted wisdom tooth. I complain about everything but not the service I received by DR Swiderski and staff. I am wondering if they really pulled it almost no swelling or pain. If I could give them 6 stars I would of!
- timothy t
My 16-year-old daughter has severe anxiety. She is afraid of shots and won’t even get her ears pierced. She had dreaded her wisdom teeth extraction for MONTHS. But she says a nice lady held her hand while another one placed the IV, and then she woke up and it was over! We are all very relieved. What could have been a nightmare went very smoothly. I highly recommend Dr. Swiderski and his crew.
- Dana H
I would highly recommend Dr. Swiderski’s office! I felt like my daughter was in great hands.
- Chandy W
Having reached a "certain age," I have visited many dental practices in my life, including multiple visits to Dr. Swiderski for bone grafting and implant surgeries. Each time I go there, my expectations for superb service and attention to details are exceeded. The office itself was designed for patient comfort, right down to the USB charging ports in the waiting area. The staff makes insurance billing and scheduling seem effortless, and Dr. Swiderski certainly lives up to his Mayo Clinic credentials. You won't find a better oral surgeon anywhere - thank you all for taking such great care of my mouth!
- Evelyn H
I have had no pain during this whole process. I took ibuprofen for the first 10 hours as precaution and then nothing after. I am amazed that I had 5 teeth extracted and no pain in the process. I feel so thankful for this experience and have already been telling my family and friends they need to go to Dr. Swiderski!
- Heather K
Dr. Swiderski and his staff are outstanding. from the check in counter to the examination rooms to the surgery area ... just first class treatment top to bottom. This is not my favorite thing to be doing ... but a very necessary one. I'm grateful that Dr. King recommended Dr. Swiderski and Mid-Valley OMS for my treatment. It really was a pleasure to get my implant and the whole time first class care. Thank you Doctor and all the staff for your professional service and caring throughout the whole experience. I highly recommend Mid-Valley. Regards, Fred Thompson.
- Fred T
I was referred to Dr. Swiderski by my dentist for dental implant. From my first appointment, Dr. Swiderski and his staff were very friendly and informative of what to expect from the dental procedure. Dr. Swiderski is professional, knowledgeable and highly skilled. I experienced no pain during the procedure which including extraction and implant at same time. Dental procedures especially extraction tend to get a bad bleeding , but my bleeding was minimal and completely stopped after 2-3 hours of the treatment. It is amazing. Dr. Swiderski is a highly experienced and skilled implant surgeon in Salem. I certainly appreciated his extraordinary expertise and service.
- Stanley Z
Dr. Swiderski and his staff were so friendly, and did an amazing job putting our daughter at ease about having all four of her wisdom teeth removed. She recovered much quicker than we expected, and they followed up after the surgery to ensure she was healing well. If only mine had gone this smoothly years ago! Thanks for everything!
- John N
I would highly recommend Dr. Swiderski and his staff to anyone who is considering dental implants, oral or maxillofacial surgery.
- David H
Dr. Swiderski is fantastic! He is a skilled oral surgeon that cares about his patients and their well-being. I have also been impressed with the professionalism of all of the staff. The office is community minded by being involved with programs that serve and help children.
- Alicia B