Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Spring Branch & Memorial, Houston, TX
Why Do We Remove Our Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. However, they often cause problems due to lack of space in the jaw or their position. Here are some reasons why we might need to remove wisdom teeth:
- Impacted: This means the wisdom tooth is trapped in your jaw or under your gums. As your wisdom tooth tries to emerge, it can crowd or damage nearby teeth, cause pain, and lead to an infection.
- Partly Showing: In this case, the wisdom tooth has partially emerged, but a part of it remains buried in the gum. This can create a passageway for bacteria that can cause oral infection and gum disease.
- Angled: Sometimes, the wisdom tooth comes in at an awkward angle, which can cause pain, crowd or damage the adjacent teeth.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Procedure:
The procedure for wisdom tooth extraction depends on the position of the tooth:
- Simple Extraction: This is performed when the wisdom tooth has fully erupted into the mouth. The dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic, loosen the tooth using an instrument called an elevator, and then remove the tooth with dental forceps.
- Partial Bony or Angled Extraction: This is a more complex procedure, performed when the tooth is partially erupted or angled. The dentist or oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum to expose the tooth, remove bone that covers the tooth, and then divide the tooth into sections to make it easier to remove. This procedure may require stitches to close the wound and promote healing.
Recovery Process After Wisdom Tooth Extractions:
After the extraction, recovery typically takes a few days. Here are some tips to speed up the recovery process:
- Rest and avoid strenuous activities for a few days.
- Use an ice pack on the outside of your cheek to help reduce swelling.
- Eat soft foods and gradually add solid foods as the extraction site heals.
- Take prescribed medications as directed by your dentist to manage pain and prevent infection.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, which can slow the healing process.
- Do not use a straw for the first few days as the sucking motion can dislodge the blood clot that aids in healing.
One Week Follow-Up Appointment:
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled about a week after your extraction. During this visit, the dentist will check the extraction site to ensure it’s healing properly and remove any stitches if necessary. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions about your recovery and oral care.
At Lifeworks Dental, we’re committed to ensuring your comfort and well-being before, during, and after your wisdom tooth extraction. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (713) 956-5433.