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Wisdom Teeth
in Ponte Vedra, FL

Wisdom Tooth Extraction
in Ponte Vedra, FL

Wisdom teeth are your third and final set of molars. They usually develop between ages 17 and 25, which is much later than the other adult teeth. Because they develop so late, many people forget or don’t know that their wisdom teeth are coming until they start having pain or other problems. If left untreated, third molars can cause a number of oral health conditions that are completely avoidable by having them removed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

We use the most reliable, advanced tools available to make sure each procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Contact us in Ponte Vedra, FL, today to learn more or schedule a wisdom teeth consultation.

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Why is an Oral Surgeon the best doctor for the job?

Oral surgeons are specialists in surgical procedures of the mouth and jaw. They have received extensive training and education beyond a general dental degree, typically including four to six years of additional training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. This means that they are the experts and most experienced in handling extractions, complicated cases, and managing potential complications.

Here at Woodling Oral Surgery, we are equipped to handle different forms of sedation and general anesthesia, which can be necessary for complex cases or for patients who experience high anxiety during dental procedures. We also have the necessary equipment to monitor your vital signs during the procedure, ensuring your safety and comfort.

Finally, Oral Surgeons like Dr. Tyler Woodling in Ponte Vedra, FL are more readily accessible and available for emergency situations. If you experience complications after your procedure or have a sudden problem related to your wisdom teeth, an oral surgeon will be better equipped to handle it quickly and efficiently.

While a general dentist can perform wisdom teeth extractions, there are several benefits to choosing an oral surgeon. With their specialized training, equipment, and experience, oral surgeons can provide safer, more personalized care that is tailored to your unique needs. 

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Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal

When wisdom teeth are causing pain, they should be removed right away. However, wisdom teeth do not always cause pain. This is why we stress the importance of attending regular checkups with your general dentist. If it is discovered that your wisdom teeth are developing, your dentist will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to have them extracted.

Your existing molars are adequate for chewing, so this additional set of molars is unnecessary for proper function. Most people’s mouths are too small to accommodate four extra molars. If your wisdom teeth have enough space to grow into a healthy position, they may not need to be removed, but this is rare. In many cases, a wisdom tooth grows sideways and pushes against other teeth. A wisdom tooth can become impacted, or trapped beneath the gum tissue, in which case surgical intervention is necessary. Common conditions caused by wisdom teeth include:

  • Damage to the roots of other molars

  • Crowding of healthy teeth (especially the lower teeth)

  • Impaction

  • Infections, which can lead to tooth decay or gum disease

  • Cyst and tumor formation

The easiest course of action is to have wisdom teeth removed at Woodling Oral Surgery before these problems arise, often before the teeth ever emerge from beneath the gums. Doing so can prevent future damage and discomfort for your existing teeth and healthy tissues.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process
Post-Operative Instructions
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Wisdom Extraction Process

Before your procedure, you will come in for a consultation appointment so that Dr. Woodling in Ponte Vedra, FL can review your condition, take 3D scans, and discuss your treatment plan. If you have any questions about your wisdom teeth procedure or anesthesia instructions, this consultation is the perfect time for you to ask them. As an oral surgery office, we are qualified to administer all forms of anesthesia and offer many for you to choose from. Most patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure.

After the anesthesia is administered, Dr. Woodling will remove the wisdom teeth. Visible teeth are simply removed with forceps, similar to a standard tooth extraction. For impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Woodling will lift a portion of the gum tissue to reach the tooth. The tooth may be broken into smaller pieces to make removal easier.

Once the teeth are removed, the surgical sites will be sutured and you will rest in our recovery area until the anesthesia wears off. You must arrange for a designated driver to remain in the office during your surgery and to drive you home afterward.

Please follow the instructions we provide very closely. They will guide you on how to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth and care for your extraction sites. It's important not to use a straw for one week, as the suction could dislodge the blood clot within the tooth socket and create a painful condition known as dry socket.


At Woodling Oral Surgery, we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy and confident smile through our exceptional oral surgery services. Dr. Tyler Woodling and our team are dedicated to providing you with personalized care and a pain-free experience to ensure your satisfaction and comfort throughout the entire process. 

Post-Operative Surgery Instructions


  • It is recommended that you rest quietly with your head elevated for the rest of the day.

  • When getting up from a reclined position, take your time to avoid feeling dizzy.

  • During the first 24 hours, limit your physical activity and avoid excessive exertion for the following 72 hours.

  • Resting will aid in faster healing!

Swelling and Bruising:

  • Some swelling is common during the healing process.

  • If the swelling seems excessive and is accompanied by fever or severe pain, please contact us immediately.

  • For the first day following surgery, use an ice pack to minimize swelling and increase comfort. Place the ice pack on your face over the surgical area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.

  • Moist heat may be used for added comfort the day following surgery.


Red saliva is expected for the first 24 hours, but extensive bleeding should not occur. If it does, apply firm pressure with moist gauze to the area for 20 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, please call us.

Mouth Care:

  • For the first three days after surgery, AVOID RINSING, SPITTING, OR SUCKING THROUGH A STRAW. Clotting blood aids in the healing process and these actions may disturb it.

  • Three days after surgery, you may begin gentle rinsing, but do not rinse vigorously for seven days.

  • Do not rinse with an over-the-counter mouthwash for seven days.

  • You may begin brushing the NON-SURGICAL areas on the day of surgery.


  • For the first week, eat softer foods like pasta, eggs, fish, yogurt, soup, pudding, and soft-cooked vegetables.

  • AVOID extremes like very hot, very cold, or acidic/spicy foods for the first few days.

  • DO NOT eat hard, crunchy foods such as popcorn, small seeds (like in strawberries, sesame, and poppy), nuts, or chips for the first week after surgery.

  • DO NOT use a straw for the first week as the suction could dislodge the blood clot within the tooth socket and create a painful condition known as dry socket.

  • Maintain a balanced diet.


It is strongly advised NOT TO SMOKE after surgery. Smoking delays the healing process increases discomfort and may encourage bleeding and infection in the surgical site.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at(904-622-4000)

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Cost of Wisdom Extractions

There is no standard cost for a wisdom tooth removal procedure. The cost of your treatment will depend on several things, including the number of wisdom teeth you have, your choice of anesthesia, if any teeth are impacted, and your dental insurance. We will provide a cost estimate upfront so you know exactly what to expect.

Our office accepts a variety of payment methods, and there are options available to finance the cost of your wisdom teeth removal. Learn more about our Financial & Insurance Policy.

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  • Do dental implants hurt?
    Oral surgeons are the only dental professionals qualified to administer all types of anesthesia. We will help you select the right type for your surgery complexity and level of anxiety. Many patients undergo IV sedation for this procedure, which renders a sleep-like state where you are unable to feel pain. Post-operative pain can often be managed with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Who is not a candidate for dental implants?
    Patients with extensive jaw bone atrophy, suppressed immune systems, or those who take certain medications may not be suitable for dental implants. During your first visit, we will discuss your health history and determine which type of restorative treatment is right for you.
  • Can dental implants be done in a day?
    If there is enough jaw bone to support the implant, our oral surgeon, Dr. Woodling, may be able to insert an implant post immediately following a tooth extraction. This saves you time and money, and allows you to leave with a complete smile after just one surgical visit.
  • How long is recovery?
    Recovery is different for everyone, but most people feel ready to return to their normal routines within a few days. The implant site will need time to heal, so it’s important not to chew anything tough around where your implant was placed for a while. We will provide you a full explanation of your pre- and post-operative instructions to help you prepare for a speedy recovery.
  • Do you always need a bone graft when getting an implant?
    Bone grafting is the only solution to reverse dental bone loss and is typically required in one in every four dental implant patients.
  • What is the average lifespan of a dental implant?
    The average lifespan of a dental implant is anywhere from 10 -30 years. This means that most likely, depending on your age when you get an implant, it will last for the rest of your life. No other tooth replacement option has the ability to last that long.
  • What is the maintenance of dental implants?
    The daily care of dental implants is very similar to the care of natural teeth. Restored dental implants should be kept clean and plaque free twice a day using a brush and floss. Cleaning is especially important after meals. This is accomplished by gently brushing, giving special attention to all sides of the implant.
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