Wisdom Teeth in New Iberia
What are Wisdom Teeth?
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.“
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
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Wisdom Teeth Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Boudreaux can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future 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 an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Boudreaux has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (ie, sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our New Iberia office at New Iberia Office Phone Number 337-560-0131.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
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Southern Oral & Facial Surgery
Dr. Boudreaux and his staff are a great team. They take great care of their patients.
- Tabitha V
Great staff and experience! They made everything so easy!!!! Highly recommend!
- Lucy B
I had an amazing experience with Dr. Boudreaux and his staff! They were helpful in every way possible! It began with the consultation and followed with my first big procedure (wisdom teeth removal). Everything went smoothly and stress free thanks to him and his amazing staff! I highly recommend Him 1000%! His professionalism followed when he made a personal phone call to see how I was feeling after my procedure!
- Mallorie R
Great place. Very kind
- Dale S
Highly recommend De. Boudreaux @ Southern Oral & Facial Surgery for wisdom teeth removal. My teenage son recently had his wisdom teeth removed and Dr. Boudreaux and his staff made the process very easy from start to finish. As soon as we walked in the door they did everything they could to reduce stress and anxiety not only for the upcoming procedure but also with COVID restrictions in place. We were in and out in the blink of an eye. Dr. Boudreaux even called that evening to personally check on how my son was doing. Recovery was easy and relatively non eventful. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
- Stacie B
Great, friendly staff and wonderful doctor!
- Sydni T
Dr. B and his staff are awesome, my son needed wisdom teeth extraction , they took care of this right away . The night of the procedure Dr. B called to check on my son , he wanted to make sure everything was going ok . I can’t say anything bad about this office everyone is so nice and friendly. I would recommend the office to anyone . Very professional!
- Shannon N
I had some pretty painful wisdom teeth and I got them removed today Dr Donald and his team were amazing and very comforting to a nervous Nancy like myself. I would recommend him to anyone I know!
- Donovan L
My visit was amazing and the staff was to i did not know DR. Boudreaux was this skilled it literally took him 20 minutes to remove all four of my wisdom teeth. My visit was wonderful and if you are looking for a great oral surgeon go to him he will not disappoint you I promise that! Well I never leave reviews but I was so happy about the results and staff Friendliness he even called after the surgery to check on how I was doing! I thought I definitely need to give them a review. Choose DR Boudreaux he is worth it and accepts Medicaid what a life saver he is!
- Jason C
10/10 recommend, I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth removed here. They were very nice and informative.
- Tara H
Dr. Boudreaux and his staff are amazing! I’ve always been scared of the dentist but they make you feel comfortable, I’ve even had two surgeries done. Dr. Boudreaux even calls and checks on you after which I think is great. Highly recommend!
- Dominique M
Very professional and dedicated to providing a smooth and easy experience. They made sure to leave no questions about the procedure unanswered and I felt like I was in great hands from start to finish, and even after I left the office. I was given thorough written instructions for my recovery and even received a follow up call from the doctor just to make sure all was well. Overall wonderful experience!
- Hannah B
I was suffering with a wisdom tooth. My dentist recommended Dr Boudreaux to have 2 wisdom teeth removed. I am very reluctant to try new doctors for anything. Got In with Dr Boudreaux and my experience was A+ Everyone was very helpful and explained everything. The doctor himself was amazing. I would recommend this office to anyone
- Chasity L
I highly recommend Dr. Boudreaux's office. Everyone there was super friendly and welcoming, making me cared for every step of the way.
- Jenny N
Overall I would say Southern Oral and Facial Surgery was the best choice I could have made. I just got my wisdom teeth removed yesterday and I feel completely fine today with very little swelling. I would recommend anyone in search of an oral surgeon to definitely schedule an appointment with Dr. Donald Boudreaux and the rest of his amazing staff.
- Max M
I would recommend this office to everybody! This office of staff and Doctor’s were Awesome! The Doctor called personally to see how my 13 year old daughter was doing! I missed his call but he left a message that made my evening! Thanks to everyone at Southern Oral and Facial Surgery for making our experience one to remember!
- Victoria W
I recently had all 4 wisdom teeth removed. Super quick process, Dr. Boudreaux let me know everything that was going on before my surgery took place, I'm usually very nervous before surgery but he made everything super quick and easy! I would definitely recommend this facility to any one! Staff is great and friendly also!
- Macie D
This was my first experience with Dr. Boudreaux, and his office staff- I highly recommend,- the staff, and Dr. Boudreaux, went above and beyond my expectations to feel very comfortable and at ease. Happy to say my recovery has been great-
- Phillip W
I love Dr. Boudreaux and the staff. The procedure went great and the healing process begins! So thank you to the Doc and the staff for taking great care of me!
- Summer T
Very professional very friendly very helpful with the procedure did not take long this is our second child to be served here they are awesome
- Jeffery B