Your wisdom teeth are the last of your permanent adult teeth to come in (the third molar in the back of your mouth). They usually appear when you are between the ages of 17-25. Sometimes, you won’t develop wisdom teeth at all, or they come in totally normally and don’t cause any problems. For many, however, wisdom teeth erupt abnormally, grow at an odd angle, or get stuck in the jawbone.
Wisdom teeth that erupt abnormally can cause many problems, including:
During your regular visits to the Houston office, the team at Dentistry of Highland Village monitor the eruption of your wisdom teeth and ask you questions to make sure you’re not experiencing pain in them. They keep you informed and let you know if a wisdom tooth extraction of either one or both of your wisdom teeth is necessary.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a routine surgical procedure. Your dentist — one of the team members at Dentistry of Highland Village — uses a local anesthesia during the extraction to make sure you don’t feel a thing.
Once you’re under, they use surgical tools to first create an incision in your gums that exposes the affected tooth and surrounding bone. They then remove any bone that prevents direct access to your wisdom tooth. When removing your wisdom teeth, sometimes they extract it in segments if it’s easier.
After the extraction, they clean the treatment site and make sure no tooth or bone debris remains. They stitch up the incision and administer a gauze over the whole treatment area to manage bleeding.
After your surgery, get plenty of rest. You will experience swelling and discomfort for at least 2-3 days. If that discomfort worsens after 2-3 days, contact the team at Dentistry of Highland Village right away.
During your recovery, they may also prescribe pain medications and encourage you to stick to soft foods — such as apple sauce and ice cream — for at least the first day following treatment. You can gradually incorporate semi-soft foods back into your diet over the next few days.
If you think you might need to get your wisdom teeth removed, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation.
At Dentistry of Highland Village, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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