Wisdom Teeth in Muncie, IN

Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, are often removed during the teenage years; however, removal can occur at any age. Wisdom teeth are the teeth located directly behind your second (12 year) molars and are typically not visible in your mouth due to impaction. The removal of third molars is done comfortably in an office setting with varying levels of sedation, depending on your comfort. After your procedure, you will be given written post operative instructions regarding the care of your mouth following your procedure.

This procedure is typically done in the office, but it may be done in the operating room, depending on the patient’s medical history. The removal of wisdom teeth typically takes 15-20 minutes for the procedure and patients can expect to be in the office approximately 45 minutes the day of surgery. If sedation will be used, the patient will need a responsible adult to accompany them to and from the appointment. Recovery for time for the removal of wisdom teeth ranges from one day to a week – this will be dependent upon your particular situation.

Below are reasons your general dentist or orthodontist recommended wisdom teeth removal.

  • Pain: As your wisdom teeth develop, they can push forward on your other teeth and tissue, causing pain.
  • Pericoronitis: If any of your wisdom teeth partially erupt into your mouth, they can become covered by a small flap of tissue. This flap of tissue traps food and debris and causes a localized area of inflammation and/or infection overlying the tooth. Ultimately, the only cure for this is to have tooth removed. If pericoronitis occurs, you may be placed on antibiotics prior to the removal of the tooth, depending on the severity of the situation.
  • Abscess: A wisdom tooth can become abscessed (infected) just like any other tooth in your mouth due to decay, pericoronitis (as described above), or an associated pathology such as a cyst.
  • Cysts and Tumors: Cysts and benign tumors can grow in the tissue associated with your wisdom teeth, especially when they are impacted. These cysts and tumors cause severe bone damage in the jaw over time.
  • Periodontal disease: You can have a localized area of bone loss in-between your wisdom tooth and the tooth in front of it. The most common cause of this is difficulty cleaning the area, which leads to inflammation and, ultimately, bone loss. If the wisdom tooth is not removed in time, you may risk loosing the adjacent tooth as well.
  • Orthodontics (braces): Your dentist or orthodontist may request that you have your third molars removed prior to starting braces. This will make moving your teeth easier in certain situations.
  • Fillings or crowns: Your dentist may require that you have your third molars removed if they will interfere with the placement of a filling or a crown.

Prior to having your wisdom teeth removed, we advise that you schedule an initial consultation appointment first. You will have questions regarding the procedure, as well as financial questions that cannot be answered appropriately and accurately over the phone. During this appointment you will meet Dr. Hornaday and his staff, discuss the procedure and sedation, and discuss financial and insurance arrangements. To set up an appointment, please call our office at (765) 289-9705, and we will be glad to assist you.


Meet Dr. Anthony J. Hornaday

Dr. Anthony J. Hornaday

Dr. Hornaday is a Hoosier through and through.

He grew up in East Central Indiana his entire life. He graduated from Tri-Central High School (Sharpsville, IN) in 1992. He then went on to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where he completed his undergraduate degree in three years, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1995. In 1999, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from Indiana University School of Dentistry. 

The Proof is in Our Patients

5-star reviews in Muncie, IN and counting…
Morgan K.
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Great place! I get very anxious at dentist so I don’t go. I had a infected molar that needed to come out and I’m pregnant. Dr. Hornaday was extremely quick with the extraction. The paperwork at first took longer than the extraction. I read a lot of reviews before coming and I read a lot about not being numbed good enough so I was worried but I was completely numbed. There was still a sensitive spot and I said so and it was numbed up. He was great and so was all the staff. Very nice and caring.
Daniel C.
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Dr hornaday is the best doctor I’ve seen in a while. Went to have a wisdom tooth pulled and was in and out in under 15-20 mins. I would definitely recommend him to others as well! His staff were also very friendly and helpful and nice to talk to! Definitely a plus!
Abigail R.
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I had a great experience today! I have never had nitrous oxide or anything cut out. Somehow, I wasn’t super nervous. The building is very comfortable and relaxing. The employees are all super kind and caring. When I went in today, they didn’t put pressure on the fact that I was having my wisdom teeth cut out. They just walked in, talked to me the whole time about fun stuff, and I was out of there in like 7 minutes. 🙂 I would recommend him to anyone and everyone!
Nicholas J.
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One of my teeth had become infected and I was in some of the worst pain I had ever experienced in my life and it needed to be removed. Dr. Hornaday and his staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The extraction took barely any time at all and with virtually no pain. If I could give a higher rating I 100% would. I'm so happy.
Audrey S.
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I had a really quick and easy wisdom tooth surgery today! I’ve been putting this thing off for YEARS! They had been causing me so much pain and I decided it was time to get them out. Dr. Hornaday was amazing and I felt calm the entire time even though I struggle with a lot of anxiety! I really recommend this office and their staff. My nurse, Renee, was fantastic for both the consultation and surgery. Thanks for making this inconvenient procedure a walk in the park for me! 😁

Our Office

We are located on the east side of Tillotson across the street from Payless Supermarket and Taco Bell and share the same parking lot with the Birchwood Professional Building. If you turn in by Victor’s Gyros on the corner of Tillotson and Ethel Avenues, we are on the left after turning.


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