Wisdom Teeth Removal in Lake Charles

Oral Examination for Extraction of Wisdom Teeth

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.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation


With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Boudreaux and Dr. Fisher 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 causes 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.

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.

smiling teenage son with his mother

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 Lake Charles Office Phone Number 337-478-0468 to speak to one of our patient care coordinators.

A smiling woman

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.

Lake Charles Oral Surgery Specialists

5 out of 5 stars based on 10 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

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Dr. Boudreaux and the entire staff are very professional and thorough. Great job explaining all my options and performing the agreed upon solution. I would recommend anyone having issues with their wisdom teeth to not delay making an appointment Troy V

- Troy V

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Every single person from the receptionist to the surgeon was extremely professional and kind. Everything was explained in great detail and every care was taken to insure my questions were answered and I was comfortable.

- Somer B

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I have never been treated as wonderful as Dr. Boudreaux and the staff have treated me in any other Dr. Office, dental or not. Definitely dont want dental work done again but if I have to I'd choose LCOS.

- Celia L

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Dr. Boudreaux and staff were extremely nice!! Everything went perfect even though i was so nervous. Would definitely recommend!!

- Meagan S.

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This was my first surgery and I’m 35 years Old. I had anxiety going into this but Dr. Boudreaux and his staff were absolutely amazing and any doubt I had was erased. They talked to me and explained everything. I knew I was in safe hands. I wouldn’t have wanted anyone but Dr. Boudreaux to perform the surgery. I can not say enough about the amazing staff!!

- Ashley J.

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Great staff and ease of procedure! Derek did great after surgery. No problems.

- Derek D

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Absolutely amazing staff from start to finish!! Highly recommend Dr. Boudreaux and his staff!!

- Michelle G

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I've read the reviews and honestly the low reviews just aren't fair, the entire office was just Wonderful! I had to have a wisdom tooth pulled during the covid mess. The staff took serious care to keep them and myself away from all risk possible of covid, bringing papers to my car, opening all doors ext. All of the staff asked if I had any questions more than once. Dr. Boudreaux explained why my tooth was hurting and how he would remove it, also explained the condition of all my wisdom teeth. When I told him I'd really wanted to at least get both the lower ones out he was just fine adding more work in, so I asked about an upper that would be a problem eventually. He was happy to help with that also. The other upper he said he'd take out if I wanted but really felt it was very unlikely to ever be a problem, so dont tell me their money hungry! Afterwards he came back in after I was awake to see if I had questions and check on me. My nurse took me out to meet my ride and gave her all the instructions on care that were also given to me. And Dr. Boudreaux called me himself to check on me, go over care and eating instructions and offered again a chance to ask questions about any of the procedure. They even waited to take my partial denture out till I was asleep and put it back before I woke up, they could see that my denture is embarrassing to me so they took care of me with that too. No judgment at all!!! Pricing actually isn't bad for what your getting, 2 years ago another dr doing just one wisdom tooth under iv sedation was 300 more than this place so that's something to think about... I can't thank this place enough for the great care they gave me, special thanks to my "Leo" nurse for being Amazing!

- Sarah V

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So I had an oral surgery performed today at this place and it was performed by Dr. Boudreaux. I must say, he and his staff were very courteous and very professional on both my visits. I was called with reminders of my visits and I was called by Dr. Boudreaux’s office a few hours after my procedure was performed on how I was feeling. I did not answer and received a text following the call to ask on how I was doing. I responded and his office responded back. If you need wisdom teeth pulled or whatever you need done I definitely recommend this place. The professionalism and courtesy of this office was astounding.

- Jason C

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The staff was absolutely wonderful! Super friendly and helped me schedule ASAP!

- Samantha L

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