Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom Teeth Extraction Frequently Asked Questions

If you need to schedule a wisdom teeth extraction, you likely have numerous questions about the procedure and what it entails. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with us to go over the details in person.

In the meantime, here is an FAQ with questions that we hear on a regular basis.

Why do I need to get my wisdom teeth out?

Most people have a professional remove their wisdom teeth when there is not enough room in the mouth for the wisdom teeth. The third molars can overcrowd the mouth and push the teeth out of alignment. In some cases, it may be more beneficial to remove the wisdom teeth before all the first and second molars grow in.

As such, if there is not enough room for wisdom teeth, it is better to extract them so they do not put pressure on the surrounding ones. Additionally, wisdom teeth left in the mouth can lead to pain and infections.

What are the options for extractions?

If teeth break through the surface of the gums and are coming in straight, then we can remove them with traditional extraction techniques. Traditional techniques involve pulling the tooth out after we numb the area surrounding the tooth. If the tooth is impacted or has yet to break through the surface of the gums, surgical extractions are necessary. In this case, the gum tissue will need to be cut open to expose the tooth.

After exposing the tooth, we can either lift the tooth out of the socket or break the tooth into pieces to remove each piece individually. Afterward, we will sufficiently clean the area, lay the gum tissue back down and suture the gums. We typically perform these surgical extractions are after a patient is put to sleep.

What is the recovery process like?

After a wisdom teeth extraction, one can expect for tenderness and swelling. To minimize this, use an ice pack or cold compress for 15 minutes every hour. Placing it on the face near where the area of the wisdom tooth can help to reduce swelling. Just be sure to use a paper towel or cloth so the ice does not directly touch the skin.

Additionally, ibuprofen is effective for reducing pain and swelling. We recommend that patients take a few days off work or school to avoid needing to communicate. It may be challenging to do so with the swelling, so this will allow for rest.

What can I eat afterward?

You need to avoid anything sharp or hard and stick with things like warm broth, yogurt, pudding and ice cream for a few days. Since your gums will be sore, you probably will not want much more than this. During a follow-up appointment, we will provide directions for when normal dietary habits can commence.

How do I learn more?

If you want to know more about a wisdom teeth extraction, what it is like, and if you need one, call our clinic and schedule an appointment. We can evaluate you and let you know what the best way to proceed is.

Request a dental appointment to dicuss wisdom teeth here: http://www.texasdentalspecialists.com or call Texas Dental Specialists at (214) 619-6329 for an appointment in our Plano dental office.

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What to Expect From Wisdom Teeth Removal in Plano

Wisdom Teeth RemovalIf you are considering a wisdom teeth removal in Plano, call our office and schedule a consultation. Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed. If there is room in your mouth for this third set of molars and they grow in properly, you could continue to live with them without experiencing any irritation. However, most people do not have enough room, and they grow in impacted as a result. This can lead to discomfort while also creating space for food to become trapped.

Signs you need to have your wisdom teeth removed:

Soreness or pain.

If your wisdom teeth hurt or the area is sore, you may need to have them extracted.

Gaps.

If you have a gap in between your wisdom tooth and your back molar, this can become a space where food becomes trapped and plaque builds up. If you are constantly reaching for a toothpick to remove food from this area, you should consider an extraction.

Your teeth are moving.

If your teeth appear to be shifting out of place, it could be because your wisdom teeth are pushing them forward. If you have already had braces to straighten and align your teeth, this is a risk you may not want to take. When you visit us for a wisdom teeth removal in Plano, we can examine your teeth and determine if they are moving due to your wisdom teeth or another issue like a tongue thrust or even oral cancer.

The process of removing wisdom teeth:

When we complete a wisdom teeth removal, we have several ways of doing so. If the tooth has already started to grow in and is coming in straight, we can typically pull it out of the socket after giving you anesthesia. This is the fastest way to do so since it does not require oral surgery. If, however, your tooth is impacted or still under the surface, we will need to create a flap in the gum tissue that will be lifted up so we can access the tooth below. If there is any gum tissue or bone on top of the tooth, it will need to be cut away so we can reach the tooth and try to lift it out of the socket. There are times where this will not be enough to loosen it, and in this scenario, we will need to break the tooth into several pieces and remove them one at a time. Next, we will clean the area to ensure no debris remains and the area does not become infected. Afterward, we will lay the flap back down and suture it in place. This entire process is done using anesthesia so you do not experience any discomfort.

Afterward, we will place gauze on the area to stop the bleeding. We also recommend you use an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time and take ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. You may experience discomfort for a few days, so be careful to continue icing and stick with foods that are soft and easy to eat.

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