Wisdom teeth typically begin to come in around the time a patient is 18 to 25 years old. If these wisdom teeth don't have enough room to come up through the gums, they become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can become incredibly painful over time, and they may even cause damage to the surrounding teeth. In order to maintain optimal oral health, we recommend removing wisdom teeth that are causing a problem.
If you fail to remove problematic wisdom teeth, they can become an issue to your oral health. Over time, they can become infected and swollen. They may even press up against surrounding teeth, causing damage and overcrowding. To prevent problems with your smile, it is best to have wisdom teeth removed as soon as possible.
The best way to determine if and when you need to have your wisdom teeth removed is by taking an x-ray. A special x-ray known as a panoramic gives us a side-to-side view of your entire smile. This allows us to see if you have impacted wisdom teeth and if so, where they are located. It's recommended that you remove wisdom teeth as soon as you know they're going to be a problem.
The wisdom tooth removal process will begin with anesthetic. Sedation is available to those who would rather be asleep for surgery. We then make an incision through the gums and take out the wisdom tooth underneath. Once the wisdom tooth is removed, we place sutures to close up the gums. We will advise you to have someone else bring you home from surgery, especially if you've undergone sedation. You can expect a little bit of swelling and pain following surgery, and this will go away after a few days to about a week.
If you would like to learn more about wisdom teeth removal and how it's done, call us today to schedule an appointment in Tyler, TX with one of our friendly staff members.