Wisdom Teeth Removal in Crystal Lake, IL

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are often removed because there is not enough room in the mouth to accommodate extra molars. Leaving wisdom teeth untreated could lead to costly and painful surgeries in the future.

When you or your child are in need of having wisdom teeth evaluated or extracted, trust in the oral surgery experts at Lehman & Menis Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Specialists. Contact our office in Crystal Lake, IL, today to schedule your appointment.

What Kind of Dentist Removes Wisdom Teeth?

Both general dentists and oral surgeons can remove wisdom teeth. However, a general dentist's scope of treatment is much more limited than that of a surgeon. Dentists can often perform simple extractions, such as when a wisdom tooth has erupted through the gums and can be removed only using forceps and local anesthetic. When a patient requires anesthesia, complex surgery, or has an impacted wisdom tooth, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is the one to perform treatment.

Oral surgeons, such as Dr. Gregory A. Lehman and Dr. Michael A. Menis, undergo a minimum of four years of training beyond dental school. They are certified to administer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Both doctors will discuss anesthesia options during your consultation and answer questions for your specific procedure.

Benefits of Having Wisdom Teeth Removed

By removing wisdom teeth early, you are taking steps to prevent a number of oral health complications that may arise due to untreated wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth extraction can provide these benefits:

  • Relieve pain
  • Prevent infection
  • Prevent damage to adjacent teeth
  • Prevent periodontal or gum problems

When Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Mid to late teen years are usually the optimal time to remove wisdom teeth. Younger patients tend to have faster recoveries, which equates to less time away from work or school and less overall discomfort. X-rays or other diagnostic scans reviewed by the doctor during your consultation will be discussed with patients to determine best timing for your surgery.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery

Prepare and Discuss Procedure

At Lehman & Menis Dental Implant and Oral Surgery Specialists, we take the time to answer all of your questions and make you feel comfortable about your treatment details. We will take a panorex and if indicated 3D scans to determine the right procedure for each patient and discuss your anesthesia options during the consultation.

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During Your Procedure

Your surgeon will administer the chosen form of anesthesia and extract the wisdom teeth. The procedure typically takes about 60 minutes to complete. You will be escorted by our top notch clinical assistants to a recovery area.

After Your Procedure

If you had general anesthesia or IV sedation, you can expect to be sleepy for a significant portion of the day. The local anesthesia will wear off once you are home, and you may require prescription pain medication for continued comfort. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and tylenol may be sufficient. Your post-operative instructions will guide you along your recovery journey, and you can always contact us with any questions.


Cost of Wisdom Teeth Removal in Crystal Lake, IL

Wisdom teeth procedures will vary in cost, depending on insurance coverage, the number of wisdom teeth in question, the choice of anesthesia, and other factors. Once we create your treatment plan, we will be able to provide a cost estimate. We will also help you obtain maximum insurance coverage for your treatment.

Wisdom Teeth Removal For Patients in Crystal Lake, Barrington, Lake Zurich, Deer Park, Huntley, Elgin, and Algonquin, IL

Dr. Lehman and Dr. Menis perform wisdom tooth extractions in the comfort of our Crystal Lake office. We are conveniently located for patients in Barrington, Lake Zurich, Deer Park, Huntley, Elgin, Algonquin, and many other surrounding areas.

Hear From Patients

Andrew & Cara Saliga

November 2023

Loved Dr. Menis and his staff! Had 3 wisdom Teeth extracted and from the initial consult to the many questions I had prior to surgery, his staff was super friendly, knowledgeable, and reassuring. Dr. Menis is a wonderful person as well to being a doctor. Thanks for all!

Maureen Moore

August 2023

I HIGHLY recommend them to all. I lost a tooth and needed an implant. I was extremely nervous about going through with this procedure. Everyone in the office made me feel so comfortable and Dr. Lehman was awesome. I ve also had my daughter there years ago for extraction of her wisdom teeth and had the same wonderful experience at that time.


Steven Niles

October 2023

Great experience. Informative, friendly, wonderful chair side manner. On time and very efficient front office staff. Support staff assisting the docs were knowledgeable and caring. Dr. Lehman made me feel like we had known each other for years and talked me through the procedure every step of the way. If you have to go through with implants, you can t go wrong with trusting your care to the team at Lehman and Menis.

Maha Ahmed

November 2023

had my wisdom teeth removed by Dr. Menis and had a very good experience. The consultation was extremely helpful and the day of the surgery went smoothly. The office was very communicative and they are always available for post operative visits, which I did end up doing just for peace of mind. They called multiple times to check in on me and I would definitely recommend them over anyone else.

Frequently Asked Questions

Just because your wisdom teeth are not causing pain does not mean there are no issues. Wisdom teeth can develop without causing discomfort, but can slowly be pushing against other molars and damage them. It is best to seek out consultation from a qualified surgeon to give you expert advice.

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Some discomfort with any surgery, including wisdom teeth surgery, is to be expected. To keep you as comfortable as possible during your procedure, you and your oral surgeon will select an anesthesia or sedation option during your consultation appointment. Our team will make sure that you are completely at ease before any procedure takes place.

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Plan on taking it easy and sticking to a soft-food diet for at least a couple of days. Ice packs are useful for bringing swelling down, and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and Tylenol® can help manage discomfort. Brush your teeth and extraction sites carefully and do not use straws to prevent dry socket. You will receive detailed instructions from our office to guide you through the healing process.

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We recommend a soft diet for at least a couple of days following the removal of your wisdom teeth, but you may advance on your own as tolerated.

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Wisdom tooth extraction is an oral surgery procedure. Patients often undergo IV sedation, which puts patients into a semi-conscious state. When undergoing IV sedation, you must have a designated driver take you home after your surgery and remain with you for 24 hours.

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Questions? We Are Here to Help

Our staff is here to answer your questions and guide you throughout your journey with our practice. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment.

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