If the teeth at the very back of your mouth become impacted, wisdom teeth extraction may be necessary. At Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, Afshin Vahadi, DDS, Vafa Mirshams, DDS, and the team of dental professionals perform wisdom teeth extraction on-site as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.
Wisdom teeth, or the third molars, are the very last of your permanent teeth to come in. They typically break through the gum line when you’re between the ages of 17-24. Unfortunately, because they come in after all of your other teeth, they may not have room to grow properly.
If your wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to come in, it can result in pain and tooth sensitivity. You might also find it difficult to reach the back of your mouth to brush and floss, which can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Wisdom teeth extraction is an outpatient procedure used to remove one (or several) wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth extraction addresses common problems like impacted teeth or poor oral hygiene before they get worse. It’s a preventive treatment that limits your risk of significant complications in the future.
At Lone Star Dental Care, the team recommends most people undergo wisdom teeth extraction. Even if your wisdom teeth come in with plenty of room, they’re likely to cause problems like pain or overcrowding later on. Undergoing wisdom teeth extraction now can help you avoid potentially troublesome problems later.
Wisdom teeth extraction provides a variety of benefits, including:Easier biting and chewing Preventing damage to your jawbone and periodontal tissues Preventing damage to surrounding teeth Maintaining proper tooth alignment Undergoing wisdom teeth extraction can also reduce your risk of common oral health problems like cysts, tooth decay, and pericoronitis, a type of inflammation that affects partially erupted wisdom teeth.
To determine if you qualify for wisdom teeth extraction, your Lone Star Dental Care provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, including how often you brush and floss, when your wisdom teeth started to come in, and if they cause you any pain.
Afterward, your dentist orders oral X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbones and tooth roots. They use this information to develop a custom surgical plan that limits pain and discomfort.
At Lone Star Dental Care, the team performs wisdom teeth extraction using sedation dentistry. Prior to treatment, a medical anesthesiologist hooks you up to an IV drip. This ensures you’re comfortable and relaxed throughout treatment.
Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist carefully makes incisions along your gum line and extracts each wisdom tooth one at a time. The entire process usually takes 60-90 minutes. Afterward, you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home.
If you suspect you need wisdom teeth extraction, make an appointment at Lone Star Dental Care. Book a consultation online, or call the office today.