What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth removal has become so commonplace that it is almost a rite of passage for young adults. Wisdom teeth are a type of molar that is found in the very back of your mouth. There are four wisdom teeth: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. These wisdom teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. The most common type of impacted wisdom teeth is “mesial,” meaning that the wisdom teeth are angled forward toward the front of your mouth.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?
When wisdom teeth are impacted, they may need to be removed. If wisdom teeth removal does not occur, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.
Each patient’s wisdom teeth removal situation is unique, and we will take x-rays and discuss your particular wisdom tooth extraction needs with you. If wisdom teeth removal is recommended for you, it is best to have your wisdom tooth extraction sooner rather than later.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Information
- As a general rule, wisdom tooth extraction occurs in the late teens or early twenties.
- This is because there is a greater chance that the teeth’s roots have not fully formed.
- This is also because the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make wisdom tooth extraction easier.
What is the Wisdom Tooth Extraction Process Like?
In order to have wisdom teeth removal, your dentist first needs access to it. To make this process more comfortable, your cosmetic dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. We can even use additional dental sedation medication to safely sedate you during the procedure if you prefer. We will then surgically remove your wisdom teeth and clear the extraction site from any tooth or bone debris.
Once you have your wisdom teeth removal procedure, the healing process begins. Healing time from a wisdom tooth extraction varies from person to person depending on your situation.
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
- Place an ice pack to your cheeks over top of the surgical site
- Take pain medications as prescribed
Questions? Looking to Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
For more information on wisdom teeth extraction or to schedule an appointment, contact The Lewisville Dentist today! We serve patients all around Lewisville, Coppell, and Flower Mound, TX.