Wisdom Teeth — What You Need to Know

Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas – Texarkana TX

We know that for many of our patients and their families, the thought of surgery can be daunting.  However, we want you to know that we are dedicated to each patient’s safety and comfort.  We are sensitive to patient (and parent!) needs and look forward to providing a stress-free wisdom teeth removal experience!

The Procedure

We carefully consider each individual’s case and design a custom treatment plan to minimize the need for more invasive surgery.  We offer various sedation options to ensure comfort, including local, sedation, and general anesthesia.  Once the anesthesia has taken effect, our expert surgeons will carefully make incisions to remove each tooth.  After the teeth are removed, each site is cleaned of any tooth or bone debris.  We then stitch gum tissue back together and place gauze over the extraction site to promote healing, manage bleeding, and help blood clots form.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Simply put, there is no room in your mouth for wisdom teeth.  The human mouth does not have room for the additional four teeth that are growing, as all of the spots are already taken by the rest of your adult teeth.  This is why if wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause gum infection, cysts, benign tumors, alignment issues, and damage to nearby teeth.

What is the cost of wisdom teeth removal?

It depends. Factors include teeth positioning, level of impaction, and the number of teeth that need removal. Once your wisdom teeth evaluation is complete, we will be able to provide a transparent cost estimate for surgery.  Additionally, some costs may be covered by your insurance.

What can I eat after surgery?

For the first 24 hours, only eat soft, cold or warm foods, but nothing hot.

Do wisdom teeth stitches dissolve?

Yes. Dissolvable stitches disappear within a few days.

Can wisdom teeth grow back after extraction?

No, although it is possible (and rare) to have more than four wisdom teeth.  If you do have additional third molars, it’s highly likely you’ll need them removed when the others are removed.

What are dry sockets?

If a blood clot is removed from the extraction site, the bone and nerves are exposed, which creates a dry socket.  To avoid getting a dry socket, do not smoke tobacco products, use a straw, drink carbonated beverages.  or eat hard, chewy, hot, or spicy foods! Do follow the instructions provided by the practice.

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Oral & Facial Surgery of Northeast Texas

5 out of 5 stars based on 9 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Kaylyn P

I’m not the type to leave recommendations but if I could I would leave a 100 for the care I received. In the Texarkana location & the Paris location. The staff from the front desk ladies to the x-Ray techs to the scheduling ladies. They were all very nice, very informative & made sure I felt comfortable. Dr Burks did my wisdom teeth plus 2 other teeth & placed 2 implants all at one time. He & the staff was very sweet helped me out to the car (where my husband was waiting for me) they gave me extra gauze. Dr Burks called me the night after my surgery at 8pm (after hours) to check on me and make sure I was okay & to see if I had any questions. The best care I have ever received. Thank y’all so much.

- Kaylyn P

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Patient Review By Sarah C

Dr Duke and his staff (Ashley, Audra and Lyndi) explained everything to me and answered all my questions. I was nervous at first and they took the time to make my visit a great one.

- Sarah C

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Patient Review By Zoë A

I was so nervous to have my wisdom teeth removed. Dr. Bunel and his staff eased my nerves. He was wonderful and did a great job!

- Zoë A

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Patient Review By Kaci M

Dr. Legan was so kind throughout the whole process. I was an absolute nervous wreck and his kindness helped to calm my nerves! I don’t remember much after waking up, but my parents said I repeatedly said how kind he was. I would 10 out 10 recommend him to anyone! The work up girl was even so kind to help talk me anxiety away! She was too sweet, I wish I would’ve got her name to give her the credit she deserves!

- Kaci M

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Patient Review By Melanie S

This staff was so nice and inviting. They took me through my son’s procedure step by step. There were no surprises and everything went to plan.

- Melanie S

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Patient Review By Ashley B

At 34 years old, I had put off having my wisdom teeth pulled until I just couldn't delay anymore. I was dreading the procedure after having heard horror stories from so many people, especially those older than 30! Dr. Hastings did a FANTASTIC job with my procedure! The procedure was painless, and I woke quickly from the anesthesia with no side effects. I had very minimal pain afterwards (was able to control with ibuprofen and Tylenol), and I had no swelling (I used ice packs for the first 36 hours, which I'm sure helped). The anxiety and stress leading up to my procedure was much, much worse than the actual surgery! Again, I highly recommend Dr. Hastings and the staff at OMS!

- Ashley B

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Patient Review By Piffany C

Everyone was awesome. It was very easy. I was at ease by the information that was provided to me. Dr. Legan called and checked on me the same day, made me feel like someone cared about my well-being.

- Piffany C

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Patient Review By Angie S

Overall great experience. I highly recommend this office!

- Angie S

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Patient Review By Vanessa S

Very friendly staff and Doctor

- Vanessa S

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