Wisdom Teeth Removal
Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed
Impaction is the most common reason why we remove wisdom teeth. They are four ways this can happen. Mesioangular impaction is when your wisdom tooth is leaning towards the front of the mouth. Distoangular impaction is when its leaning towards the back of the mouth. A horizontal impaction is when it grows into the roots of the molar next to it at a 90-degree angle. Vertical impaction is when it does not break through the gumline.
Overcrowding in the mouth is another reason we remove wisdom teeth. Your mouth can hold twenty-eight teeth comfortably. With wisdom teeth, you're looking at thirty-two teeth. This can result in crowding that causes infections, ear pain, and swelling. Wisdom teeth are tough to reach even with your toothbrush or dental floss. This makes them prone to cavities or gum disease. We remove them to avoid repeated occurrences of these issues.
What Age Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
Getting your wisdom teeth extracted isn’t mandatory at all. However, certain wisdom teeth need to be extracted between the ages of 18 to 20. Certain dentists may even suggest having your wisdom teeth removed earlier according to the structure of your mouth.
Learn more about when wisdom teeth should be removed.
What To Expect During Wisdom Teeth Surgery
Wisdom teeth are removed via oral surgery. It takes about 45 minutes. Before the procedure, you should tell us about any health problems you have. We also need a list of any drugs you take regularly. This helps avoid any complications. We will first take x-rays known as radiographs. These help us pinpoint the location of the tooth and act as a guide during the procedure. Next, we'll numb the tooth and surrounding tissue.
There are three different types of anesthesia we may use. Local anesthesia involves a shot of Novocaine in your gums. Laughing gas (Nitrous oxide) may also be used to relax you. You may feel sleepy, but you should feel alert.
General anesthesia involves drugs administered through a vein or via gas you inhale through a mask. It puts you to sleep, and you're asleep for about an hour after the procedure. IV sedation is another option. Our dental surgeon numbs your mouth and also gives you drugs through a vein in your arm. It will make you drowsy. You may be asleep for the duration of the procedure.
Our surgeon will then work on removing your tooth. They may have to cut your gums or bone to release the tooth. It may be taken out in one piece or in sections for easier removal. All you should feel is pressure. You should not be in any pain.
Once it's out, we'll use dissolvable stitches to close any incisions we make. These disappear after a few days. Gauze is also placed over the holes. It promotes clotting and helps your wounds heal. Don't hesitate to call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates at 972-733-0414 today, if your wisdom teeth are causing you any pain or discomfort.