Minimal Discomfort Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Colleyville, TX
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Between the ages of 18 and 24, most young adults experience the growth of a third and final set of back teeth called wisdom teeth. This last set of molars can be unpredictable in terms of their positioning, their development, and their usefulness. In fact, they are often considered to be nonessential and do not contribute to more efficient oral function. At Texas Oral Surgery Associates in Colleyville, TX, we typically recommend wisdom tooth extraction if these molars are not in good health.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the teeth and jaws, Dr. Christopher L. Tye, D.D.S, M.D., can evaluate the health of the wisdom teeth to determine if they will be problematic. Studies show that patients have better outcomes when they receive early treatment rather than when they wait for a complication to arise.
Properly aligned wisdom teeth surrounded by healthy gum tissue do not generally require surgical attention. Unfortunately, the teeth tend to grow in sideways, remaining partially or completely trapped under the gum and bone. Dr. Tye is honest and conservative in his approach. He will never recommend removal if he believes it to be unnecessary or detrimental to your overall wellness.
When Are Wisdom Teeth a Problem?
The incorrect position of impacted teeth can harm your oral health and the health of the neighboring teeth. As bacteria are allowed to invade the space between the tooth and the gums, you may experience swelling, tightness, and/or pain. This chronic inflammation and infection will become virtually impossible to control with brushing, flossing, or even antibiotics.
The pressure from a malpositioned wisdom tooth is likely to damage the neighboring teeth by causing crowding or cavities. A more serious problem can occur if a tumor or cyst develops as a result of the impacted tooth. This can cause severe destruction of your jawbone and your otherwise healthy teeth. Extracting the impacted teeth as soon as possible can resolve these complications and prevent future problems.
What Should I Expect?
Wisdom tooth extraction is an outpatient surgery. When planning your treatment, Dr. Tye will consider both pain management and the management of dental anxiety. Typically, we will perform the procedure under fast-acting anesthesia to increase your comfort. Though you will not usually be fully sedated, you will feel deeply relaxed and will mostly be unaware of what is going on around you. Dr. Tye has the training, compassion and expertise to provide you with the form of anesthesia that is safest and most effective for you.
The extraction itself will vary, based on your needs and the positions of your molars. If you are struggling with one or more impacted teeth, Dr. Tye will likely need to remove some of the bone or gum tissue that is covering the molar. Fortunately, his skill, combined with the anesthesia, will result in very little discomfort. Afterwards, you will need to modify your diet for a few days to avoid inflaming your gums. Dr. Tye can also prescribe medications and provide additional care, as required. Though you will need to rest for a day or two, many patients report that their wisdom tooth extractions were surprisingly easy and their recoveries much quicker than they expected.
We look forward to meeting with you to discuss all of your oral surgery needs, including wisdom teeth extraction.
For additional procedure information check out the TXOSS Blog: Wisdom Teeth