Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Carrollton, TX
Gently Removing Hurting Wisdom Teeth
Known as the third set of molars, wisdom teeth are the last to arrive, usually emerging in a person’s late teens or early twenties. At this point, most people don’t have enough room in their mouths for these extra teeth. If the wisdom teeth aren’t removed, it could lead to an increased risk of pain, infections, and several other issues. Luckily, our team can prevent complications by closely monitoring the third molars at every checkup. We may determine that wisdom tooth extraction is necessary for the sake of your oral health, which is a procedure that we can perform right here in our office. To learn more about what to expect, continue or schedule a consultation with us today!
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth were once essential for our early ancestors, as they helped them chew tough meats. However, they’re no longer necessary to our survival thanks to changes in our diet and cooking techniques. Despite that, these third sets of molars continue to make their appearance during the later teenage years or early adulthood.
Unlike the other teeth, wisdom teeth don’t have sufficient room inside the mouth to successfully emerge through the gum line. This often leads to impaction, which can be very uncomfortable. Additionally, the emergence of these pearly whites can lead to an increased risk of potential harm to other nearby teeth.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
For some people, wisdom teeth can be kept in their mouth without any issues. However, the jawbone doesn’t usually have enough space to accommodate them, leading to impaction. If they’re not extracted, they can lead to problems, such as:
- Crowding which causes damage to nearby teeth
- Wisdom teeth that push your smile out of alignment
- Possible jawbone damage
- Gum inflammation and pain in the gums
- Difficulty cleaning the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth
What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure
First, you’ll visit our office for a consultation. We’ll examine your mouth and determine if a wisdom tooth extraction is the best course of action for your oral health. If your wisdom teeth have already erupted past your gumline, removing them will be a fairly simple process. We can use an elevator to lift them and grip them with forceps to wiggle them free of their sockets.
On the other hand, a wisdom tooth that is stuck beneath the gumline (impacted) can make the removal process a bit more complex. Depending on the situation, we may refer you to a local specialist for the extraction. They may have to create incisions in your gums to break the tooth into pieces in order to remove it.