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.
Depending on whether you require a surgical or simple wisdom tooth extraction, it can take anywhere from three days to two weeks to recover. While the actual extraction site will take several months to completely close and heal, for the first two weeks post-op, you’ll need to maintain a soft diet and follow other safety precautions to avoid dislodging the blood clot.
It’s important to note that not everyone requires wisdom tooth extractions, but if you do, it’s best to not put it off, especially if they’re causing you discomfort or pose a threat to your oral health in the future. In addition, patients are often able to make a faster and smoother recovery when the procedure happens while they’re younger.
Your dentist will do everything they can to make sure your procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Before your extraction, your dentist will numb your mouth, and if necessary, provide you with dental sedation to make sure you remain comfortable through the process. While you may experience some bleeding and discomfort after your procedure, know that this is a natural part of healing. If the pain becomes worse instead of getting better, please call our office.
Our office will provide you with instructions to prepare for your treatment. Typically, these include:
If you have any questions, please contact our team.
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 guards for clenching, medicated fillings, and extractions when necessary.