Wisdom teeth are a third set of third molars, and are the last permanent teeth to erupt. These molars usually develop and come in between the ages of 17 and 25, but rarely without complications. When wisdom teeth do not have enough room to erupt properly, they can become impacted, making extraction necessary. In some cases, patients elect to remove wisdom teeth before they can cause problems. However, many patients are concerned about pain and discomfort often associated with extracting wisdom teeth. Fortunately, our experienced doctors at Fort Bend Dental in Missouri City, TX, use advanced dentistry and sedation techniques to provide extraction with little or no discomfort. We encourage you to contact our office and schedule an appointment if you are experiencing painful symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth.
Why You Should Have Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Impacted wisdom teeth can remain trapped in the jaw, develop horizontally, or erupt partially from the gums, making it easy for food and debris to accumulate. These complications will often lead to pain and infection. However, even if you do not experience symptomatic pain, impacted teeth should be removed to prevent future issues. Some of the potential oral health concerns that can result from avoiding tooth extraction include:
- Advanced infection caused by trapped food or debris around the tooth, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease
- Damage to the tooth, nearby teeth, or surrounding bone
- Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
- Complications with past or current orthodontic treatments
These issues can affect not only your oral health, but the appearance of your smile. Extensive damage can also lead to further complications, possibly requiring restorative dentistry procedures in the future.
Maximizing Patient Comfort
One of the most common reasons a patient may delay a visit to the dentist is fear of pain. Our staff at Fort Bend Dental understands this anxiety and takes every measure to ensure you experience little or no pain during your procedure. Options such as nitrous oxide and a local anesthetic are available to help our patients feel at ease. More importantly, our dentists combine a very gentle method of tooth extraction with modern, innovative dental technology for the least invasive procedures possible.
Our staff understands dental anxiety and takes every measure to ensure you experience little or no pain during your procedure.
While each patient requires different treatment, the general method of wisdom tooth extraction begins with an incision in the gum tissue to expose the tooth and bone. We will remove any bone blocking access to the tooth. Your tooth will then be extracted, sometimes in pieces for easier removal and less impact to the surrounding tissues. We will clean the treatment area and suture the incision closed. Gauze is then placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and help a blood clot form. For wisdom teeth that have fully erupted, our doctors can remove the tooth as they would with any regular molar extraction.