Prior to having any wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Hinckley will meet with you for an initial consultation. It is recommended that all young teens and adults be evaluated by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for possible wisdom teeth complications. A consultation with x-rays can reveal impaction, damage to neighboring teeth, signs of decay, gum disease, or perceived complications with future wisdom tooth eruption. Dr. Hinckly will also discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
Typically, surgery is scheduled for another day so preparations can be made for a smooth and successful wisdom tooth extraction.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
Please bring the following information with you at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any x-rays if you have them.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- Any allergies you may have to medications or latex.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring any applicable forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
Please have nothing to eat or drink eight hours prior to your surgery. You will also need an adult to drive you home.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (ie, diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medications (ie, heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays you may request that they forward them to our office. If additional films are necessary they can be taken at our facility.
Here at Front Range Oral Surgery, we have Cone Beam and 3D Imaging to provide the best possible images with far less radiation than traditional CT scanning. Additionally, Cone Beam 3D images can be stored digitally for future reference or for easy transfer between providers.
Cone Beam 3D Imaging takes images of the entire craniofacial structure and connective tissues. These images help Dr. Hinckley make plans for oral surgery or dental treatment, to ensure accuracy and precision. Specialized software generates a three-dimensional model of the jawbone to virtually plan the implant placement. This results in more accurate implant placement and requires much less chair time for you.
What should I expect from Cone Beam and 3D Imaging?
Your Cone Beam 3D Imaging experience should be quick, taking approximately 10 seconds to do a complete scan. The image produced will differ from traditional two-dimensional imaging, in that it will be a three-dimensional view of your entire head and face.
What should I expect after I’ve had a Cone Beam 3D scan?
Cone Beam scans are completely painless. There is no pre-scan consultation required or aftercare instructions.