At our Houston Area dental office, we do our best to avoid the need to remove your natural teeth because we believe a healthy, happy smile is worth preserving. But in some situations, we may have little choice but to remove a tooth in order to protect the rest. This is often the case with the wisdom teeth. The good news is that our skilled, compassionate team can walk you through the extraction process for a smooth, low-stress experience.
Before oral hygiene became a priority, people used to lose their adult teeth at an earlier age. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, would grow in between ages 16 and 22 to compensate for those gaps. Nowadays, most people retain their natural teeth for longer and do not need these teeth in order to function in daily tasks.
There are several different reasons why extracting your wisdom teeth may be beneficial, including the following:
At your routine dental checkups, one of our experienced, skilled dentists will review your X-rays and look for any problems that the naked eye can’t see. If they identify one of these scenarios with your wisdom teeth, they will recommend extraction.
How we approach a wisdom tooth extraction depends on several factors, such as how many need to be removed, how deep they are in your jaw, and more. For wisdom teeth that have already erupted, we may be able to simply use dental pliers to pull them out. Other times, we must break the tooth into smaller pieces or go further into the gums to remove them. No matter how we extract your wisdom teeth, you can rest assured that you will feel comfortable during the entire procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, you need to take special care of yourself after wisdom teeth removal. Here are some of the things you must do to ensure that you heal properly and avoid infection: