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Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Boulder

Are you experiencing discomfort or swelling in the back of your mouth? It might be time to bid farewell to those pesky wisdom teeth! Wisdom tooth extraction can alleviate pain, prevent overcrowding, and safeguard against potential infections. By removing these molars, you pave the way for a healthier, more comfortable smile.
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Wisdom teeth, the third and final set of permanent adult teeth, typically emerge in the late teens to mid-twenties, though exceptions exist. Positioned at the back of the mouth behind the second molars, they may surface earlier or later, or even be absent altogether. While some wisdom teeth may erupt without immediate issues, there are compelling reasons for their removal.

    When should wisdom teeth be removed?

  • Crooked Growth or Impaction: If wisdom teeth emerge misaligned or become trapped against adjacent teeth, extraction may be necessary to prevent further dental complications.
  • Space Constraints and Crowding: Insufficient space in the jaw can lead to painful overcrowding, potentially impacting nearby teeth and affecting oral hygiene.
  • Food Trapping and Decay Risk: Incorrectly positioned wisdom teeth may trap food debris, making thorough cleaning difficult and increasing the risk of decay and gum disease.
  • Increased Infection Susceptibility: Impacted wisdom teeth are prone to infection due to their positioning, making extraction a proactive measure to safeguard against oral health issues.

What to Expect When Getting A Wisdom Tooth Extracted

Extraction of wisdom teeth can range from a straightforward dental procedure to a more complex surgical intervention, depending on individual circumstances. Your dentist will assess your case to determine the most suitable approach for extraction, whether it involves a simple procedure in-office or requires the expertise of an oral surgeon. This assessment typically involves a thorough examination, including X-rays, to evaluate the positioning of your wisdom teeth and the condition of your jawbone.

Examining your teeth

Before scheduling your extraction, a comprehensive examination is conducted to assess your dental health and the specific needs of your wisdom teeth. X-rays provide valuable insights into the alignment and root structure of your teeth, guiding the decision-making process regarding extraction. This step aims to eliminate surprises and ensure a well-informed treatment plan tailored to your individual needs.

The removal process

During your initial consultation, our team will provide detailed information about the extraction procedure and discuss preparation steps. Depending on your preferences and the recommendation of your dentist, various forms of anesthesia, including local freezing or sedation, may be administered to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Employing minimally invasive techniques, we strive to extract the teeth gently, prioritizing your comfort and promoting a swift recovery.


Following the extraction, you may be advised to have a companion accompany you to the practice, drive you home, and provide support during your recovery period. Detailed aftercare instructions will be provided, including tips on managing discomfort and promoting optimal healing. Our team remains readily available to address any concerns or questions you may have throughout your recovery journey, emphasizing our commitment to your well-being and satisfaction.

Cost Of Wisdom Tooth Removal in Boulder

Navigating the cost of wisdom tooth removal can vary significantly, influenced by factors such as insurance coverage and the complexity of the extraction. Typically, with insurance, a straightforward extraction might range from $100 to $200+ per tooth out of pocket, while without insurance, costs can escalate to approximately $200 to $600+ per tooth.

It’s important to note that providing an accurate quote for wisdom tooth removal is challenging without an in-person oral examination. However, understanding the two primary categories of extractions can offer insight into potential costs:

  • Simple Tooth Extraction: This procedure is suitable for fully erupted wisdom teeth without complications. Typically performed by a general dentist using local anesthesia, these extractions tend to be less costly.
  • Surgical Tooth Extraction: More complex cases, such as impacted or poorly positioned wisdom teeth, necessitate surgical extraction. These procedures require specialized expertise and may incur higher costs.

At our practice, we prioritize accessibility to care by accepting insurance, offering flexible payment plans, and presenting various treatment options. Don’t let financial concerns deter you from seeking necessary dental care. Our team is committed to helping you achieve optimal oral health without unnecessary barriers.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dentistry is more compassionate than ever before and your comfort is important to us. We use tools and techniques that effectively remove as much discomfort as possible, help us work quickly, precisely and with as little trauma as possible to promote fast healing. We will provide you with aftercare instructions to keep you comfortable and promote fast healing.

About an hour after your procedure, you may remove the gauze sponges that have been placed in your mouth and have something to eat. Be sure to eat foods that are soft for the first 24 hours. Make sure to avoid hot foods and drinking from straws for several hours.

Ideally, you should schedule three or four days of rest or light duty after your wisdom teeth come out. Resting will minimize your risk of complications and help you heal. Full recovery takes around 2 weeks but you should feel minimal discomfort during this time.

If you receive sedation or anesthesia, it’s recommended to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home afterward, as you may feel drowsy or disoriented.

Yes, depending on your individual circumstances, your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend removing all four wisdom teeth during a single procedure to minimize inconvenience and recovery time.

Many dental insurance plans provide coverage for wisdom tooth removal, although the extent of coverage may vary. Our practice accepts most insurance plans and can assist with verifying your coverage.

Signs that may indicate the need for wisdom tooth removal include pain, swelling, difficulty opening your mouth, or recurrent infections in the back of your mouth.

Yes, we understand that dental procedures can be a significant investment. We offer flexible payment plans to accommodate our patients’ financial needs and ensure access to essential dental care.

The duration of the procedure varies depending on the complexity of the extraction. Simple extractions may take around 30 minutes per tooth, while surgical extractions can take longer.

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