In between the ages of 16 and 19, the American Dental Association recommends everyone has their wisdom teeth evaluated for potential complications. The wisdom teeth are the final set of permanent molars to erupt. While everyone eventually gets them, a large portion will need to have them removed. In fact, more than 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year in the United States. Often, removal is necessary because our jaws are not able to accommodate another set of molars. If you are experiencing complications with the eruption of the teeth, you may need wisdom teeth extractions in Waco.
WHY DO WISDOM TEETH NEED REMOVED?
The majority of wisdom teeth are removed because the jaw simply cannot fit another set of teeth. The other teeth often become overcrowded and shift. In some cases, the teeth can even break from the added pressure of the wisdom teeth, which may come in tipped or sideways as they try to squeeze into the small space. This can cause the teeth to ache and swelling to develop.
In some cases, the teeth may not be able to erupt properly, causing them to become impacted in the gum or bone. This results in painful complications. The area will likely become tender and swollen. Over time, the area can also become infected or a cyst can develop.
To prevent complications with the eruption of the teeth, a consultation with Waco Surgical Arts is necessary. Even before the teeth erupt, we use imaging and an evaluation to predict potential complications as the teeth come in. This allows us to remove wisdom teeth in Waco before they begin to cause problems.
HOW ARE WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?
If it has been recommended your wisdom teeth are removed, a comprehensive treatment plan is created. For simple extractions where the teeth are not impacted, a local anesthesia is used. You will remain awake, but you will not feel any pain. If your wisdom teeth are impacted or the procedure is going to be complex, a sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia may be needed.
To remove wisdom teeth, an incision is made into the gum to expose the tooth and bone. Any bone that prevents access to the tooth’s root will be removed. Often, the tooth will be divided into sections to make removal easier. The site will then be cleaned to remove any remaining tooth or bone pieces. In some cases, you may require stitches to reclose the gum tissue. Finally, gauze is placed over the extraction site to allow a blood clot to form.
You will be given strict aftercare instructions to prevent the blood clot from becoming loose, which can cause a painful condition known as dry socket. You will need to keep the area clean and follow additional recommendations.
WHERE CAN I GET MY WISDOM TEETH REMOVED?
If you need your wisdom teeth removed, Waco Surgical Arts will handle the procedure. Board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Beck will safely and effectively extract your wisdom teeth. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.