Wisdom teeth don’t always develop the way they should, resulting in pain and discomfort. At Moderna Dental Studio in Farmers Branch, Texas, Noah Cruz, DDS, and Mayra Estrada, DDS, perform extractions on wisdom teeth to prevent complications from impacted wisdom teeth. Without treatment, wisdom teeth can affect your ability to bite or chew without pain. To learn more about wisdom teeth, call Moderna Dental Studio or schedule an appointment online today.
Wisdom teeth are the final molars in the back of your mouth. They typically emerge between the ages of 17-25, two in your top arch and two in your lower jaw. They’re often called your third molars because they develop much later than the rest of your teeth, when your jaw has already stopped growing.
As a result, your jaw may not have enough space to accommodate these final molars. This can cause a variety of complications.
Your wisdom teeth may become impacted, either partially or fully trapped beneath the gumline. They can grow sideways and push against your surrounding teeth, leading to pain and discomfort.
Impacted wisdom teeth typically happen gradually, so you may not realize you have a complication until your biannual dental exam. Common warning signs that you have impacted wisdom teeth include:
An impacted wisdom tooth can also lead to an abscess. This pus-filled tissue develops at the end of a tooth root. If it’s ruptured, a tooth abscess can spread potentially harmful bacteria throughout your body.
The most common treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is a surgical extraction. When you arrive for your extraction, the team at Moderna Dental Studio administers anesthesia.
It’s important to coordinate a ride home, as you can’t drive after anesthesia. You may feel tired, groggy, and out of it after the procedure.
Next, the team makes an incision in your gums and removes any bone or tissue blocking the tooth. They may extract the tooth in pieces before cleaning and disinfecting the area.
The team then sutures the incision and packs your mouth with gauze to help form a blood clot. This protects your mouth against infection.
Once you arrive home, make sure to change your gauze regularly to prevent infection. Your mouth may feel sore and your face may look swollen for a few days after the procedure. Avoid sucking through a straw or eating hard or chewy foods until your incisions heal.
To learn more about wisdom teeth, call Moderna Dental Studio or schedule an appointment online now.