Your third molars, wisdom teeth, are the last to erupt in your mouth. They usually come between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but some may have more or less. These teeth are called “wisdom” teeth because they come through at a later age than the rest of your teeth.
However, these teeth can cause problems for many people. Impacted wisdom teeth occur when there is not enough room in the mouth for the tooth to emerge correctly. This can result in pain, swelling, infection, and other complications.
If your wisdom teeth are not causing any problems, you may not need to remove them. However, if your wisdom teeth are impacted, infected, or cause crowding issues, our dentist may recommend that you have them extracted. At Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry, our dentist, Dr. Wing, has extensive training in wisdom teeth extractions. We will review your X-rays with you to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
The Procedure for Wisdom Tooth Removal
When wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause pain, swelling, and infection. However, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Thus, our dentist will first determine if extraction is necessary after a thorough examination.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a surgical procedure that can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Our dentist in Dallas will make an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. He will then remove the bone around the tooth before extracting the tooth. Stitches may be necessary to close the gum line.
The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth often lack adequate space to emerge fully, leading to impaction — they remain partially or entirely trapped within the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and damage to neighboring teeth. Removal of wisdom teeth in Dallas helps prevent these complications.
Partially erupted wisdom teeth can also create pockets where bacteria thrive, leading to infection and gum disease. Removal eliminates the source of potential infections, safeguarding your gum health and preventing the spread of oral infections.
Tips for Recovery after Removal of Wisdom Teeth
- Avoid smoking for at least 72 hours after the surgery. Smoking can slow the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
- Eat soft foods for a few days after your surgery. This will help prevent irritation of the surgical site and make it easier to eat without chewing on the side of your mouth where the teeth were removed.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated helps your body heal faster.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.
- Apply ice packs to the outside of your face near the surgical site to reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Use salt water rinses to help reduce swelling and promote healing. Mix one teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth with the solution several times daily.
- Avoid strenuous activity.
For more information on wisdom teeth extractions and what to expect during recovery, contact Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry at 3112 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226, or call (214) 466-6610.