Are you concerned that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed? At Alder Trails Dental in Cypress, TX, we are dedicated to providing you with the best and gentlest care when it comes to extracting wisdom teeth. Here, we’ll explain what wisdom teeth are, why they might need to be removed, and what the removal procedure is like.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that are located all the way in the back of your mouth. They typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21. It’s very normal to feel some discomfort when they start erupting. If wisdom teeth grow in properly, they can help you chew your food. On the other hand, if they don’t come in correctly they can cause a lot of pain and some serious oral health issues if they aren’t removed.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
When your wisdom teeth are erupting, we’ll take X-rays to help us determine whether or not they will need to be taken out. There are a number of reasons why you might need to get your wisdom teeth removed. First and foremost, is if they are improperly aligned which can damage and/or crowd the nearby teeth. Misaligned wisdom teeth can also become impacted, which means that they are trapped within the jawbone or underneath the gums. When they are impacted, cysts can develop and damage the bone and roots that support the teeth around the wisdom teeth. Further, when wisdom teeth are only partially erupted or come in crooked, it creates pockets and spaces that are perfect homes for bacteria. This increases your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
What’s the Process for Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
First, Dr. Tran will use the X-ray images of your wisdom teeth to determine where they are in your jaw, which will help him plan the extraction. Lots of people need their wisdom teeth removed and the process is very routine. Once we are ready to start the extraction, we’ll use a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t be uncomfortable during the procedure. How long the process takes depends on the placement of your wisdom teeth. We’ll talk you through it so you can feel more comfortable about the procedure.
Oral Surgery at Alder Trails Dental
Why are they called wisdom teeth when they aren’t very smart about growing in straight? We don’t know, but our Cypress office is experienced at wisdom teeth removal and Dr. Tran is caring and gentle. We wouldn’t want you to have to go to another dental office for oral surgery. You can count on us to handle all of your dental needs in one location. We make paying for your wisdom teeth removal and other dental services easy as well. Give us a call or use our contact form to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.