Wisdom Teeth − Houma, Thibodaux, Morgan City, LA

Houma Office

1608 Polk St

Houma, LA 70360
(985) 879-1972

Thibodaux Office

923 Ridgefield Rd

Thibodaux, LA 70301
(985) 447-2671

Morgan City

1126-A Marguerite Street
Morgan City, LA 70380
(985) 702-1225

Wisdom Tooth Removal

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Saal and Dr. Baughman can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Saal and Baughman have
the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.


In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Houma Office Phone Number 985-879-1972.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

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5 out of 5 stars based on 13 Wisdom Teeth reviews.

Patient Review By Karen B

Amazing office staff! Dr. Baughman was exceptional! He kept me at ease and helped calm my nerves during the procedure. He even made me laugh and may have laughed at me ! The follow up call he made that afternoon was so thoughtful! This office is a class act

- Karen B

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Patient Review By Sarah G

I really appreciated that Dr. Baughman called me the night of my procedure to see how I was doing. I thought that was a such a kind gesture & never had a Dr. do that before.

- Sarah G

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Patient Review By Sheri K

I highly recommend Dr. Saul. He's very sweet and has a great bedside manner. He removed wisdom teeth for both of my boys. I was shocked when he called me himself to check and see how my boys were doing after their surgeries. I'm very pleased with Dr. Saul and his staff. Everyone is very nice there.

- Sheri K

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Patient Review By Akima A

They were awesome, made me comfortable took care of the problem and check on me after . Thanks a bunch

- Akima A

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Patient Review By Deborah B

Great bedside manner, I was surprised when he called to check on me in the evening after the surgery.

- Deborah B

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Patient Review By Sarah M

They were really nice and made me feel very comfortable. It was my first real surgery and I was very nervous. They made me calm and reassured me it was going to be okay

- Sarah M

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Patient Review By Mason B

Wonderful experience. Easy to deal worth customer care.

- Mason B

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Patient Review By Shelby C

Nice experience

- Shelby C

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Patient Review By Margie W

Ext not very painful

- Margie W

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Patient Review By Stephanie P

Overall good experience.

- Stephanie P

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Patient Review By Eve G

My doctor was very friendly, personable, and helpful

- Eve G

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Patient Review By Lyndsey S

Love the service I received!

- Lyndsey S

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Patient Review By Ayme H

Great service

- Ayme H

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