Wisdom Teeth Removal in New Iberia

Oral Examination for Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

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 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.

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. Some of the possible problems related to not removing your wisdom teeth include:

A representation of a pericoronitis infection on a wisdom tooth

Infection:

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.

An example of a cyst formation on a wisdom tooth

Cyst Formation:

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.

An illustration of teeth crowding caused by a wisdom tooth

Possible Crowding:

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.

A visual of a wisdom tooth damaging an adjacent tooth

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.

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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.

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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 New Iberia Office Phone Number 337-560-0131 to speak to one of our patient care coordinators.

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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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I really had a wonderful experience with Dr Boudreaux and his staff. Everyone was courtesy, efficient and reassuring. Dr Boudreaux did a great job!!! I would recommend him to anyone.

- Madelon B

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Really nice, courteous & professional staff & dr. Dr. Boudreaux has extracted 3 of my wisdom teeth & just yesterday extracted 2 molars. Although I’m very anxious with these procedures, I knew I was in good hands. Thank you to Dr. Boudreaux & his staff for their patience & care.

- Angie V

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I could not have had a better experience as a first time patient. The staff was extremely helpful getting the procedure scheduled and accomplished for the heart surgery I was preparing for. Many thanks to all involved.

- Edward M

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Would definitely go back for future work and recommend him to all. Very pleased. Thanks...............

- Roslyn S

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I would highly recommend Dr. Boudreaux and his staff. They are committed to making you feel comfortable and stress free while providing great service. I trust Dr. Boudreaux, his work, and advice. Thank you for a positive experience.

- Kim L

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Dr Boudreaux and his staff are top notch! There was a miscommunication about having to fast before the procedure, so it had to be scheduled, but otherwise very pleased. It’s always a plus when your doctor cares enough about their patients to personally call and check up on them!

- John F

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Dr. Boudreaux and his staff were very friendly and professional, went in for an extraction and it was quick and painless. I would highly recommend Dr. Boudreaux’s office! Thanks!!!

- Tracy C

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THE BEST!!!! My child needed an extraction and anxiety/fear was the biggest obstacle! Dr.Boudreaux was very informative of his extraction and his bed side manner for my son was heartfelt. Also, his Staff is AMAZING-from the front desk to the nurses. Everyone made us feel comfortable!

- Adrienne B

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Dr. Boudreaux's office scheduled appt. Extremely quick, I was very afraid to have a fractured molar removed. The staff and Dr. Boudreaux made me feel at ease. I was very pleased with the procedure. Dr. Boudreaux called to check on how I was recovering the same evening, I did miss his call, however he left a detailed message. I have already referred two friends! Thank you!

- Suzanne C

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I explained my fear of being in dentist office and Dr Boudreaux took that into consideration for treatment. He then explained how anesthesic surgery for tooth extraction works, and was completely satisfied afterwards. Left Dr. office with minimal pain and following days no extreme pain. He also gave a courtesy call to check on how you're feeling. Staff was very friendly and courteous, helpful and explained what was going to happen. Surely will return if further extractions are needed.

- jimmy d

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Dr. Boudreaux and his staff were so friendly and professional. My procedure went well and Dr. Boudreaux himself called me the following day to check on me! That is the first time a doctor has ever called to check on me! I highly recommend Dr. Boudreaux and his services!!

- Vickie P

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From start to finish, this was a great experience on a matter that is not easily accepted by a patient. Office staff, nurses, and Doctor were helpful, professional, and just outstanding during the procedure. Would not hesitate to recommend this Doctor, nor would I hesitate to use him again. Thanks to all.

- David W

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This place is On Top Of Their Game!! As someone who only goes to dentist if i absolutely have to, Dr Boudreaux and staff made the experince way better than i imagined.I went to have wisdom tooth and 3 other teeth extracted all at once. Had absolutely no pain and didn't take the first pain pill. We even sent our daughter to them 3 weeks ago for wisdom teeth removal and were completely satisfied. We highly recommend Dr Boudreaux for any oral surgery needs and we'll be using them if ever needed again.

- John S

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I cracked a molar while on vacation and was in a lot of pain. My regular dentist saw me Monday morning and was able to get me in to see Dr. Boudreaux that afternoon for an extraction. Thank you for getting me in so quickly! Dr. Boudreaux and his staff were amazing. I never even took a pain pill! I would DEFINITELY recommend SOAFS for any dental surgery needs.

- Stephen P

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Everyone was so kind, considerate, and professional. I am so appreciative of the excellent care I received. I will definitely come back if needed and I will definitely recommed you to others. Thank you once again!

- D'Ette F

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Thank you for the gentle, calming, and reassuring manner of Dr. Boudreaux and his staff.

- Gail L

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At this point I am healing from my recent extraction with bone graft procedure ( five days post-op). I'm hoping for a very good result with my future implant. I seem to have had no complications. The staff have been extremely professional, friendly, helpful and reassuring, as has Dr. Boudreaux. It's been a good experience with the office, although I hated having to lose a tooth !!

- Suzanne K

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Hard to believe how good and pro. these people are,when they talk to you, you know you came to the right place. Just so good.

- Henry H

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Dr Boudreaux has a great staff, and I can't say enough about the Doctor. He shows compassion and dedication to his profession. I will always use him now and in the future.

- Ronald C

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Great Dr. , My son had a great surgery and recovery

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