Millions of wisdom teeth are extracted each year
in the U.S., mostly in young adults. If you’re about to have yours extracted, you’ve probably got some questions — and maybe a little anxiety, too. But here’s the good part: At Smile Workshop Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, our team uses the most advanced techniques to ensure your extraction procedure is simple and successful, so you can feel confident about your results — and comfortable throughout the procedure.
Top 5 reasons for wisdom teeth removal
Wisdom teeth don’t always have to be removed, but when they do, it’s usually due to one of these reasons:
- Impaction: Impaction is when a wisdom tooth gets “stuck” under the neighboring molar, preventing the wisdom tooth from fully emerging. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, and sometimes it remains completely under the gum, blocked by the molar that’s next to it. Impaction can cause a lot of discomfort, and if you don’t have the wisdom tooth removed, it can damage the neighboring molar, as well.
- Infection or decay: Wisdom teeth frequently become infected or decayed, especially if they’re impacted or they come in sideways. Once a wisdom tooth is infected or decayed, it’s a good idea to have it extracted to prevent the problem from getting worse.
- Overcrowding: Wisdom teeth typically emerge last, once all your other adult teeth have erupted. That means there’s not a lot of room left for them, and when they do emerge, they can cause crowding. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth can push another tooth out of alignment, or it might weaken the tooth roots of the neighboring molar.
- Bite problems: Impaction and overcrowding can also throw off your bite pattern, resulting in problems like chronic tooth grinding, jaw and facial pain, headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- Prevention: Because wisdom teeth are located so far back in your jaw, it can be very difficult to keep them clean and to care for the gums that surround them. That means wisdom teeth are far more prone to decay, diseases, and infection in the future. Removing your wisdom teeth now can help prevent those problems from occurring, and it may also help you avoid more complex oral surgery as you get older.
Wisdom teeth extraction: What to expect
Wisdom teeth extractions are usually performed under anesthesia or heavy sedation. At Smile Workshop, our team is specially trained to offer sedation dentistry for wisdom teeth removal. Sedation dentistry simply means you’ll be asleep throughout your procedure and you won’t feel or remember a thing. Our patients love receiving sedation dentistry because of this.
During the wisdom teeth removal procedure, your dentist will use special tools to access the entire tooth and lift it out of its socket. Most patients need to have their gums excised in order to expose the entire tooth. Once the tooth is removed, your gums will be stitched back together with sutures. Most wisdom tooth extractions take about 45 minutes.
After your extraction, you’ll need to take it easy for a few days. You’ll be given complete instructions following your appointment, including tips on caring for the extraction site and what foods and drinks you should avoid during the early stages of healing. You’ll also be given a prescription for pain relievers to help you stay comfortable. Using ice packs and keeping your head elevated will help reduce swelling. And of course, if you have any questions or concerns, we’re Smile Workshop is just a phone call away.
Wisdom teeth removal at Smile Workshop: Leading family dentist in Texas
Wisdom teeth extraction is fairly common — and at a top-ranked family dentist like Smile Workshop, it can be a lot more comfortable than you might expect, especially with sedation dentistry. To learn more about wisdom teeth extractions at any of our 14 locations in DFW, San Antonio and Amarillo, give us a call at 1-888-833-8404 and book and appointment today.