Wisdom Teeth Removal

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Drs. Banghart or Waisath 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.

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If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or you want to avoid future problems, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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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


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 the 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 denser. 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, and 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 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 of 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 afterward 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 dissolves 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 broth, 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 Champaign Office Phone Number (217) 351-7111 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 of serious anesthetic complications.

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Patient Review from Samantha B

Dr. Banghart removed all of my wisdom teeth 10+ years ago, and also extracted a broken molar several years ago. I was extremely satisfied with both procedures and experiences. I had no pain or issues afterwards, and didn't even need any pain medication. The doctor called me later that day to check on me; it was a personal touch that I had not expected. He is very kind and caring, explains everything thoroughly, and makes sure you fully understand the procedure and process. I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else.

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Would recommend Doctor and all of his staff to anyone. What a great team. Dave from Champaign.

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I'm so glad to have had this experience with this Doctor and his team. I highly recommend them to anyone.

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Patient Review from Rebecca M

The staff is so friendly and welcoming! Dr. Waisath was a great dr! Very friendly and reassured me everything was fine. Loved that they called later in the day to check on me to see how I was doing!!

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Who thought going to get a tooth out could be a great experience

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Dr. Banghart is the Michael Jordan of Dentists!

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Patient Review from Karla F

I had bad teeth all of my life. Since going to Dr Waisath, he has helped eliminate my pain by removing my teeth when I was down to 13 teeth. Now I have dentures. However I am going to be going in to see him about implants to hold my lower denture into place. Which he advised me to do when I first went in to have them pulled. His patience is outstanding. And the staff at his office are all very helpful too.

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Great experience.

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Fist time patient. Dr. Banghart treated me as I was worthwhile and I enjoyed his sense of humor. I felt very comfortable asking questions. My procedure was not stressful because of my questions being answered. The music on was not too loud. With virus situation, I was thankful I could get an appointment! Blessings Encouragement Love and Prayers Glenda L

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Patient Review from Patricia D

All involved helped me feel at ease and the procedure was basically painless.

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Excellent care and customer service. Amy is Fabulous!

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I highly recommend Dr. Banghart.

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I really appreciate the kindness of the staff!

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Everyone was so kind and Dr. Banghart is the best. I have never had a problem after seeing him for any tooth problems. Can't thank you all so very much

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Patient Review from Dawn E

I needed one impacted wisdom tooth removed that wasnt causing me any pain but needed gone before moving forward with denture plans. My concern was the pain following surgery and I can honestly say there was none. The instructions given were easy, and well explained. If I needed further care I would definitely come back!

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Absolutely no discomfort at the office or home!

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Thank you so much for an outstanding experience! I would recommend Dr. Banghart and his staff to anyone needing oral and maxillofacial surgery.

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