Wisdom tooth removal can be daunting. If yours are causing problems and it’s time to have them removed, Dr. Patel and her team are at your side. We’ll walk you through each step so you proceed in confidence with long-lasting results. We want you to know that we only recommend this procedure when it’s necessary for the well-being of your smile. Our compassionate team takes the intimidation out of wisdom tooth extraction and sets you on the path toward better overall dental health.
Why are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are natural molars located furthest back in the mouth. Although some patients don’t require extraction, others will notice a detriment to their oral health once they begin to emerge. The most common issues are overcrowding, impaction, and infection, which can lead to further complications down the line. By removing them, we can prevent these problems from occurring, ensuring that your dental health stays on the right track. We strive to create a comfortable and welcoming environment, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands throughout the entire process.
Symptoms Wisdom Teeth May Need Removal
- Overcrowded teeth: Impacted wisdom teeth emerge at an angle, sometimes completely sideways. They push against the rest of the teeth and cause excessive crowding. This can make daily hygiene difficult, and even may damage surrounding teeth if left untreated.
- Jaw pain or stiffness: Wisdom teeth that don’t grow in properly can cause jaw and bite misalignment. This causes uneven stress throughout the jaw, and may affect your ability to eat and speak without discomfort.
- Oral cysts: The pressure of wisdom teeth can result in painful fluid-filled cysts. Cysts may develop into infections or abscesses over time without wisdom tooth removal.
- Severe or lingering tooth pain: Regular pain toward the back of the mouth is a common symptom of wisdom tooth irritation. It may result from irritated gums or tooth decay around the hard to reach molars in the back of the mouth.
- Frequent cavities or decay: Especially when wisdom teeth have only partially emerged, they’re difficult to effectively clean with at-home care. Wisdom teeth that are subjected to decay may spread disease to surrounding teeth and gums if left untreated.
- Swollen or reddened gums: When wisdom teeth aren’t properly cleaned, they may contribute to gum disease. Red, swollen, or inflamed gums are early signs that can lead to gum recession and tooth loss if they aren’t promptly treated.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Process
Wisdom teeth surgery is typically completed in a single visit. Wisdom tooth removal begins with a thorough examination and digital X-rays to assess the position and condition of the teeth. With advanced techniques and local anesthesia, the surgeon can ensure a pain-free experience. With utmost precision, wisdom teeth are gently lifted and removed to minimize discomfort and swelling. Teeth may be removed in segments if they’re in a difficult location or below the gumline. The area is gently packed with gauze to control bleeding, and you’ll be provided detailed aftercare instructions and pain medication if necessary for a smooth recovery.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Recovery Expectations
Most patients will be comfortable a couple of days after surgery, but it may take a few weeks for gums to completely heal. Immediately after surgery, we recommend resting and avoiding strenuous activity for the first few days. A cold compress will help control swelling, and pain medication and antibiotics can be used to relieve pain. Avoid hard, crunchy, or spicy foods and instead stick to soft yogurts, smoothies, pastas, and eggs. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid using a straw, which can dislodge blood clots and affect healing.
If you’re experiencing problems with your wisdom teeth, don’t let fear stop you from receiving the care you need. Our team is dedicated to building trusting relationships with patient comfort and health first. We’ll make sure you get the care you need without the worry. To schedule a wisdom teeth consultation with our team, contact us today.
Compassionate Wisdom Tooth Removal in Bee Cave, TX