Do Your Wisdom Teeth Hurt? We Can Help!
At Montz & Maher Dental Group, our Pearland and Friendswood general dentists can perform comfortable wisdom teeth removals for patients who are experiencing pain, teeth crowding, and other dental issues that arise from impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the set of third molars that usually erupt between the ages of 16 and 25. They come in later than other permanent teeth and are leftovers from our ancestors, who had larger jaws and the need for more molars to handle foods that were harder to eat. Even though modern humans have smaller jaws and no need for third molars, we still have them. This means they can cause problems when they come in.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
When you come to our office, we might recommend wisdom tooth extraction if we find out they’re impacted or likely to cause other problems for the rest of your teeth. Because wisdom teeth are harder to clean, they are more likely to decay and become infected. Misaligned teeth can also cause problems by rubbing against your tongue or cheek, creating sores.
Benefits of Wisdom Tooth Removal
Removing wisdom teeth can prevent potential oral health issues. Key benefits include:
- Prevention of Overcrowding: Ensuring other teeth remain in their proper position.
- Avoidance of Impaction: Preventing painful, partially emerged teeth.
- Lowering the Risk of Infection: Reducing chances of gum disease and cavities in hard-to-reach areas.
- Relief from Pain and Discomfort: Ensuring a comfortable bite and jaw function.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
The procedure starts with a thorough examination, often using X-rays, to determine the position of the wisdom teeth. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, ensuring minimal discomfort. For impacted teeth, we’ll access the tooth through the gums. The tooth is then carefully sectioned, if necessary, and removed. The site is cleaned, and the surgery site is closed. Aftercare instructions are provided to aid in a smooth recovery.
Do Tooth Extractions Hurt?
Our Pearland general dentists make sure that your tooth extraction is as relaxing as possible. We administer a local anesthetic and make sure you feel completely numb. If you feel nervous about your tooth extraction, we can provide sedation dentistry such as laughing gas, oral sedation, or IV sedation.
What Should I Expect After My Wisdom Teeth Are Extracted?
You will experience moderate bleeding after your wisdom teeth removal is completed; this should lighten and stop 24 hours after your extraction. We recommend a gentle saltwater rinse to clean your mouth and reduce swelling.
Eat liquids and soft foods until your mouth heals enough to return to your regular diet. Avoid sucking on straws and hard candy because it can pull the blood clots out and prevent healing. Our team is also happy to answer any other questions about the wisdom teeth extraction process, so give us a call today!
Schedule a Wisdom Tooth Extraction Today!
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