Have You Had Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?


Your oldest daughter has had quite the summer. After graduating from college the first weekend in May she moved home for the summer. Returning home after being at school 12 hours away for the last four years required some adjustments, but they went smoothly. Not quite six weeks later she had labrum surgery on her left hip, and now that has healed and she has fully recovered she is scheduled for oral surgery. The doctors at the oral surgery office, as well as the orthopedic doctors, wanted to make sure that there was plenty of distance between the two procedures. She is starting an accelerated 12 month nursing program in the fall, so the wisdom tooth removal will occur over the winter break.

Busy, but productive.

Oral Surgeons Offer Wisdom Teeth Removal and Other Important Procedures

Whether you are considering dental implants for cosmetic purposes or you are having wisdom teeth removed in hopes of getting rid of chronic headaches, there are many times when an oral surgeon is necessary. The latest research indicates that as many as 32% of people say they are concerned by the look of their teeth, and it may come as no surprise that approximately 3 million people have dental implants. That number is predicted to grow by as many as 500,000 a year.

Consider these facts and figures about the many services that dentists and oral surgeons provide and the impact they have on a person’s appearance, as well as the nation’s economy:

  • The American Public Health Association reports that wisdom tooth removal costs as much as $3 billion a year in America.
  • An estimated 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted from 5 million people in the U.S. a year, according to the American Public Health Association.
  • As many as 15 million people in America have bridge and crown replacements for missing teeth
  • An estimated 3.75% of adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
  • Although numbers may vary by state, 28% of adults in Texas avoid smiling as a result of their teeth, according to an American Dental Association (ADA) survey.

Unfortunately, for every person with medical insurance, an estimated 2.8 individuals do not have dental insurance. This is a financial issue for many people, but in spite of the costs there are still many people who make oral surgery procedures a priority.

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