Wisdom Teeth Removal in Lafayette LA
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.
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, or our Lake Charles office at Lake Charles Office Phone Number 337-478-9843.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the wisdom tooth removal process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about wisdom teeth.
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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A wonderful experience! Staff was amazing and informative and Dr. Boudreaux was very nice and seemed to really enjoy his job and had great people skills. He took his time explaining what I needed done and all of the options I had. Then called to check in on me and to give me post op instructions. So impressed! Just sorry I missed his phone call so I could tell him how thankful I am for their work and hospitality. So very thankful. Will never need to go anywhere else!
- Keri T
I can’t say enough about Dr. Boudreaux and his staff for taking great care of my son! They were all professional, comforting and caring !! Awesome job guys!
- Christie G
Had all 4 wisdom teeth removed. The staff was amazing. Thank you Dr Boudreaux for putting this nervous girl at ease!
- Chelsea F
We were very pleased with everything! The staff was very personable and kind. Explained everything very well. It was very nice of Dr. Boudreaux to call and check on her the evening of her procedure. I would highly recommend this office for any oral surgery needs!!
- Madelyn S
Everything was great. The staff was excellent, friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place to family and friends.
- Maria R
My daughter is doing Amazing. Thank You and your staff for the Excellent work!! 100% referral from us
- Robin B
I was very impressed with Dr. Boudreaux; he has a friendly, calm, and reassuring demeanor and was more than willing to answer all of my questions concerning the removal of my wisdom tooth in a manner that I could readily understand. His receptionist and nurses were all helpful, friendly and professional.
- Mitchell C
I struggled with pain from my wisdom teeth for quite some time, and due to the "horror" stories I've heard from people, I was extra nervous about having the procedure done to remove them. I did my research, and came across Dr. Boudreaux by Google searching, and carefully reading reviews. I had had enough of the pain late one SUNDAY night, it was around midnight, I decided to schedule an appointment through their website, by 8am the next morning I had received a phone call, to set up a consultation for the VERY next day. I had the convenience of scheduling my surgery when it would best suit me. Mind you, it has been 12hours now since I had the procedure done, as I sit here and write this review, I have had 2 pain pills since, and that's only due to jaw pain. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Boudreaux to anyone needing their wisdoms removed, as well as any other services he may offer. Wonderful doctor, and incredible staff.
- Brittany M
very pleased with nurses and doctor.feels very comfortable with your staff.I would tell body about how good a job you did. Duncan and Mark broussard
- duncan B
Everything about this business is wonderful. From the time we called to make the appointment to the time the procedure was done was awesome. Another thing that is wonderful is how Mr. Boudreaux will call you himself to check on the patient to see how they are doing. Really appreciate everything ya'll did thanks again.
- Marcus J
I highly recommend Dr. Boudreaux's office, I had my wisdom tooth taken out and I am in very little pain. He is a great Dentist and his staff is awesome, they took very good care of me.
- Victoria T
The staff was great Dr. Boudreaux was a great doctor and called to check on me after my procedure. I would recommend all my friends and family here if they need any dental work.
- Charles B