Wisdom teeth, also referred to as third molars, are the last teeth to grow into your mouth, way in the back, behind all of your existing molars. At one point in time, these teeth would help our ancestors gnaw through tough meats and fibrous, raw vegetables and food that came from nature. Today, they’re not so handy. In fact, the jaw bone has adapted by not being as large as it once was, which is why so many people need to have these teeth removed in order to prevent oral health problems from arising down the road. If you’re unsure of whether your wisdom teeth should be removed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roman today to discuss wisdom tooth extractions at our Houston, TX dental office!
Wisdom teeth are your last set of teeth to grow into your mouth, and they emerge between the ages of 16 and 25. You can be born with no wisdom teeth, or one, two, three, or all four—it all depends on your genetics. In your teenage years, your dentist in Houston should be able to spot them and keep an eye on them, determining whether they’ll be impacted below your gumline, are growing in sideways, or whether there will be enough room for them in your mouth.
The most common reason why wisdom teeth need to be removed is for prevention. If there isn’t enough room in your jawbone for them to grow in, it could increase your chances of experiencing crowding and other orthodontic issues down the road. If they’re growing in sideways or impacted below the gumline, it could increase your risk of developing an infection or experiencing jaw damage. By removing your third molars, you can avoid needing additional oral treatment down the road.
If your wisdom teeth aren’t impacted below the gumline, Dr. Roman can remove them using dental forceps and an elevator. Before we begin the treatment, we’ll make sure that you’re comfortable and will administer IV sedation as necessary. The elevator will help lift the tooth from its socket so it can be grabbed with the forceps. Then, Dr. Roman will gently wiggle the forceps attached to the tooth to break it free from any connective tissues within the socket and remove it from your mouth. More to Explore
Roman Dental on Memorial Drive in West Houston specializes in quickly stopping pain and making people feel relaxed and comfortable. Roman Dental repairs broken front teeth with cosmetic dental bonding, veneers, and ceramic crowns. Even teeth that must be extracted can be replaced with or without dental implants by Dr. Kotlarek and his team of dental technicians. Roman Dental offers same-day appointments to resolve toothaches and problems with sensitivity and discomfort. Additionally, this emergency dental care office provides root canal therapy, night gurards for clenching, medicated fillings, and extractions when necessary.