Wisdom teeth break through your gum line sometime between the ages of 17-21. Although this is a perfectly normal part of the aging process, wisdom teeth are unlike your other teeth in that they’re more likely to become impacted. Dentist Robert W. Kleypas, DDS, regularly performs wisdom teeth extractions at his Cypress, Texas, practice. If you’re wondering whether or not wisdom teeth extraction is right for you, call or use online booking to make an appointment.
Wisdom teeth come in at the very back of your mouth, two on top and two on the bottom. As they start breaking through your gum line, it’s normal to feel some pain and discomfort.
If your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet, your dentist can take a series of X-rays to monitor their alignment and position.
No. The team performs wisdom teeth extractions on a case-by-case basis. For example, if your X-rays show that your teeth are aligned and you have plenty of jaw room, your dentist will recommend a “watchful waiting” approach.
On the other hand, if your wisdom teeth are crooked or impacted, extraction may be necessary. By removing your wisdom teeth before they come in, your dentist can prevent potential complications and other oral health problems in the future.
Wisdom teeth removal is a quick and pain-free surgery that usually takes less than 90 minutes.
First, your dentist administers a local anesthetic to your gums, ensuring you feel no pain. If you’re anxious or have low pain tolerance, they can also administer sedation dentistry to help you relax.
Once the anesthesia takes effect, your dentist uses a pair of medical grade pliers to carefully extract any wisdom teeth that are already in place.
To address impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist carefully makes an incision in your gum and then extracts portions of the affected tooth one-by-one.
After the extraction is complete, your dentist thoroughly cleans the area and applies dissolvable stitches to seal the wound. You’re then provided with a list of recovery instructions.
After your wisdom tooth extraction, it’s normal to experience swelling, bruising, and general oral discomfort. In the first 24 hours after your operation, it’s also normal to experience bleeding and facial swelling.
To lower your risk of infection, make sure to take your antibiotics and painkillers as prescribed. You’ll also want to adhere to strict dietary guidelines, avoiding any foods that are sticky, hard, or crunchy in texture.
If your wisdom teeth are coming in and you’re concerned you may need an extraction, call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment today.