Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Highland Village
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last molars to develop and are located in the back corners of your mouth. In some people, wisdom teeth do not erupt through the gum; these are called impacted wisdom teeth. Other people do have erupted wisdom teeth. However, whether erupted or not, most wisdom teeth require extraction. In Highland Village, wisdom teeth extractions are performed with expertise and care by Dr. Ryan Thomas.
The Trouble with Impacted Wisdom Teeth
An impacted wisdom tooth does not have enough room to fully erupt in your mouth in order to develop normally. These teeth can grow at an angle to the adjacent tooth or toward the back of your mouth. Even if a wisdom tooth develops straight up and down, there may still not be sufficient room for the tooth to fully erupt.
Why are Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Believe it or not, they are called wisdom teeth because our historical ancestors thought this was the age at which wisdom was achieved. What is wise now is having wisdom teeth removal in Highland Village so you can avoid future dental problems, including:
- Pain from pressing on adjacent teeth, which can also lead to complications after orthodontic treatment
- Food and debris trapped behind wisdom teeth
- Periodontal disease or tooth infection
- Damage to adjacent teeth as well as surrounding bone
- A cyst around the wisdom tooth
Even if a wisdom tooth has fully erupted, Dr. Thomas is usually in favor of extraction, because these teeth are very difficult to keep adequately clean since they are positioned so far back in your mouth.
The Procedure for Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Highland Village
With advanced technology such as digital x-rays that provide a clearer image of each wisdom tooth, as well as new techniques and tools, having your wisdom teeth extracted is easier than ever. Once you are relaxed and your mouth is anesthetized, Dr. Thomas makes a small incision that exposes the tooth and bone. Then, the tooth is often removed in sections and the area is cleared of any debris. The incision is stitched and a gauze pad is placed over the site to control bleeding and encourage the formation of a blood clot.
Recovery after Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Some bleeding and swelling are to be expected after any extraction procedure. You can use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Drink plenty of water after surgery, but do not suck through a straw, which can dislodge the clot from the tooth’s socket. Eat soft foods, such as yogurt, applesauce and soup for the first 24 hours. You can resume brushing and flossing after the first day of recovery, just take extra care around the surgical sites.
Contact us to make an appointment if need to have your wisdom teeth extracted. Patients from Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, and beyond turn to us for trustworthy dental care.