Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Irving, TX
Making the Right Impact on Your Smile
It may seem paradoxical, but often the wisest course of action regarding wisdom teeth is to remove them. That is because wisdom teeth, regardless of whether they are impacted beneath the gumline or they have erupted, can harm your oral and overall health. Fortunately, when it comes to wisdom teeth extractions in Irving, you can trust our experienced and compassionate team at Daily Smiles MacArthur!
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Before modern times, large wisdom teeth were essential in helping early humans chew their rough diets of seeds, leaves, tough meats and more. Fast-forward a few million years, however, and wisdom teeth are no longer so important – in fact, they are often more trouble than they are worth!
The human jaw is now considerably smaller, and wisdom teeth can crowd the mouth and even cause painful dental problems when they grow in at awkward angles.
When wisdom teeth are prevented from erupting into the mouth and become stuck under the gums, they are referred to as “impacted”. Unpleasant symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth include:
- Persistent jaw pain
- Swelling, especially around the gums or jaw
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- An unpleasant taste in the mouth
What Problems do Wisdom Teeth Cause?
Wisdom teeth can be a source of trouble whether they are impacted or fully erupted. Here are 5 of the most common problems caused by wisdom teeth:
- #1: Damage to Other Teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth can push against the roots of adjacent teeth, causing structural problems, while erupted wisdom teeth can contribute to overcrowding and alignment issues.
- #2: Pain – As noted above, pain and swelling are common symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth.
- #3: Gum Disease – When a wisdom tooth erupts through the gumline, bacteria can easily enter this opening and contribute to gum infections.
- #4: Tooth Decay – Because wisdom teeth often crowd the molars around them, it can be harder to brush and floss in the back of your mouth. As a result, tooth decay can develop.
- #5: Cysts – Cysts can develop in the tissue around impacted wisdom teeth, which can damage the bone supporting teeth and the roots of nearby teeth.
Understanding Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Having teeth removed may sound scary, but in fact most wisdom teeth extractions are a routine procedure that can typically be completed by a dentist in Irving in just one hour.
When you visit Daily Smiles MacArthur to have your wisdom teeth extracted, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area of your mouth. If you struggle with severe dental anxiety, dental sedation is available to help you remain at ease throughout the procedure.
To remove your wisdom teeth, your dentist will first surgically expose the teeth beneath the gums. They will then remove the whole wisdom teeth using forceps or, if the tooth is especially large or impacted, will section the tooth and remove it in several pieces. Once your wisdom teeth are successfully removed, your dentist will close the surgery site with sutures and the healing process will begin.
Before you leave our office, we will be sure to provide you with aftercare instructions on how to treat the healing wound. In some cases, your dentist may write a prescription for pain medication to manage any lingering discomfort – which should subside in a matter of days.
If you have additional questions about whether you should get your wisdom teeth removed or if you want to schedule a consultation, do not hesitate to contact our team at Daily Smiles MacArthur.