Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Lewisville
Having wisdom teeth pulled has become so commonplace that it is almost a rite of passage for young adults across the country.
Wisdom teeth are molars that are found in the very back of your mouth. There are four of them, located in the upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right corners of your mouth. Wisdom teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties, and they often need to be pulled to prevent crowding.
What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth may fail to erupt due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When this happens, we refer to these teeth as “impacted.”
The most common type of impacted wisdom teeth is “mesial,” meaning that the wisdom teeth are angled forward toward the front of your mouth instead of coming in at a proper angle.
When wisdom teeth are impacted, they need to be removed in order to protect your oral health. If wisdom teeth removal does not occur, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, and severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and gum disease.
Each patient’s wisdom teeth removal needs are unique; we will take x-rays and discuss your wisdom tooth extraction procedure with you beforehand. If wisdom teeth removal is recommended, it is usually best to have your wisdom tooth extraction sooner rather than later.
Why Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?
When they are aligned properly and the surrounding gum tissue is in good shape, wisdom teeth do not require extraction. However, because of the refinement of the human diet, more and more people are keeping all their teeth, especially their front teeth. This means having less room in the back of your mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth.
When the wisdom teeth are threatening to erupt incorrectly or become impacted, it is important to preemptively remove them before problems arise. Some of the issues commonly related to wisdom teeth include:
- Infection – The opening in the gums around partially erupted wisdom teeth is vulnerable to bacteria and thus infection with potential to damage surrounding teeth and bone.
- Bad Breath – Whether your wisdom teeth require removal or not, bacterial buildup around your wisdom teeth often results in chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis.
- Loss of second molars – Due to limited space, your third molars may not have room to enter the mouth, so they become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in severe damage and root resorption of the adjacent second molar, leading to a loss of these teeth as well.
- Limited opening – Impacted and infected wisdom teeth can result in Trismus or “lockjaw”. Symptoms of Trismus include jaw pain, stiffness, and limited opening of the mouth. Trismus is a warning sign of a serious infection and should be treated immediately!
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Information
Generally, wisdom tooth extraction is performed when a patient is in the late teens or early twenties. During these time periods, there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed. The bone surrounding the teeth is usually less dense. These two factors can make wisdom tooth extraction easier.
To make the extraction process comfortable, your cosmetic dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. If you are feeling anxious, we can use additional dental sedation medication to make your procedure as soothing and comfortable as possible.
After your wisdom teeth removal procedure, the healing process begins. Healing time varies from person to person, depending on your situation and your health. We will share with you what to expect and provide detailed instructions for efficient healing after your wisdom tooth extraction.
Post-Wisdom Tooth Extraction Care
We will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for efficient healing after wisdom tooth extraction. Some basic post-surgical advice is to:
- Reduce your activities
- Do not disturb the wound site
- Take an ice pack to your cheeks over top of the surgical site
- Take pain medications as prescribed
The Lewisville Dentist Extracts Problem Teeth!
For more information on wisdom teeth extraction, contact The Lewisville Dentist today! We serve patients all around Lewisville, Coppell, and Flower Mound, TX.