Benton & Nelson DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Wisdom Teeth Removal

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You can find answers to some common questions below. Feel free to call us at (336) 760-1277 if you have a question that isn't listed here!

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Some patients are able to keep their wisdom teeth their entire lives, but many benefit from their removal. 

We check your wisdom teeth at every cleaning visit. 

Just like the check for cavities and gum disease, Drs. Benton and Nelson will always evaluate your wisdom teeth at your cleaning visits. 

For some, removal is not needed. 

Though some lucky people are missing their wisdom teeth, most people have 4 that begin erupting (coming into the mouth) around age 17. Occasionally, patients will have enough room to let their wisdom teeth come in without complications.

For most, removal is the best option. 

Most people would benefit from the removal of their wisdom teeth to prevent future complications. If this is the case, Drs. Benton and Nelson will talk to you about the removal process. 

The cost of wisdom tooth removal depends on whether the tooth is in the mouth (erupted) or trapped in the jawbone (unerupted).  Most patients elect to be sedated during wisdom teeth removal.  To learn more about wisdom teeth removal or dental sedation, visit our services pages. 

  • Removal of erupted wisdom tooth: $246 per tooth
  • Removal of unerupted wisdom tooth: $324-410 per tooth
  • Intravenous (IV) dental sedation: $421


Damage to nearby teeth: 

Impacted wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth by running into them as they attempt to come in your mouth. Bone can be lost around adjacent teeth which weakens the support those teeth have.

Changes to teeth alignment: 

When wisdom teeth erupt, they push into the adjacent teeth and can cause teeth to become crooked or maligned. For this reason, many orthodontists will recommend wisdom tooth removal shortly after braces treatment is completed. 

Cyst formation:

 Cysts can form around impacted wisdom teeth that are trapped in the bone or gums which can destroy teeth and jaw bone.

Gum disease in adjacent teeth: 

Gum disease (periodontal disease) can develop around the second molars due to impacted wisdom teeth because proper hygiene and cleaning cannot take place.

Infections (pericoronitis): 

Infections can develop around wisdom teeth. Infections can range from very minor that resolve on their own to very severe that require hospitalization and surgery.


Pain can develop if food debris or bacteria can access wisdom teeth sites.

Prone to cavities or gum disease in the future: 

Symptom-free (non-painful) wisdom teeth can still harbor disease or cause a major problem later in life. Wisdom teeth are the last tooth in the mouth and are exceedingly difficult to clean properly. As a result, these teeth are very prone to get cavities or gum disease in the future. 

Signs such as pain, swelling, and soreness may be a sign that it's time to have your wisdom teeth removed


Persistent pain coming from one or both sides of the jaw behind your last visible molar.


Swelling in your lower jaw without any obvious cause may be an indication that it's time to have your wisdom teeth out.


Chronic soreness behind the last visible tooth that lasts for a few days then goes away only to come back a couple of months later.

Partial eruption: 

You can see part of your wisdom tooth poking through the gums, but it does not come in fully.


Your dentist tells you that your wisdom teeth are “impacted." This term means that your wisdom teeth will not come in normally because they are stuck in bone, against other teeth, or gum tissue.

Please visit our page on wisdom teeth to learn more! 


Wisdom teeth are the molars in the very back of your jaw 

Most people have four wisdom teeth, located the furthest back in their jaw.  Another term for wisdom teeth is "third molars" as they are the third set of permanent molars in adults, typically coming in between ages 16-21 years.  

Scheduling the procedure: 

If Drs. Benton or Nelson determine that you could benefit from wisdom tooth extraction, it is recommended that you have the procedure either at our office or at an oral surgeon. Our office will work with you to schedule the procedure at the most convenient time. 

Painless numbing techniques and optional sedation: 

The area is numbed with local anesthesia.  Many patients will also elect be sedated for the wisdom tooth removal procedure.

Gentle removal: 

The tooth is gently removed. The site is then cleaned of all infected or inflamed tissue. The area is rinsed thoroughly with sterile saline to remove the most harmful bacteria that were residing close to the wisdom tooth.

Fast, easy recovery: 

You will recover with a customized healing protocol that includes antibiotics, pain medicine, and anti-inflammatory medicines.

Call us at (336) 760-1277 to schedule your next appointment.
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