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Wisdom Tooth Extraction – Spring, TX

Quick and Comfortable Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom teeth may have been useful at one point, but today we know that they tend to cause more problems than they solve. For one, they can easily cause discomfort and make it difficult to chew properly. But they can also put your smile’s alignment at risk and even trigger an infection if left unremoved. If your wisdom teeth are putting your oral health at risk, we’ll safely and effectively remove them before they have the chance to cause any serious harm. If you’re experiencing pain in the back of your mouth, don’t hesitate to call our dental office today to discuss wisdom tooth extraction in Spring, TX!

Why Choose Spring Dentist for Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

  • Multiple Sedation Options Available
  • Experienced Dental Team
  • Cone Beam Scanner for Precise Planning

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

a patient before their wisdom tooth extraction in Spring

Also referred to as third molars, wisdom teeth were necessary for our early ancestors; however, changes in our diet, cooking techniques, and facial structure have made them no longer essential. These teeth typically make their appearance during the later teenage years or early adulthood, most often between the ages of 17 and 25. Unlike your other two sets of molars, wisdom teeth often don’t have a sufficient amount of room inside the mouth to successfully emerge through the gumline. This usually results in impaction, which can be quite uncomfortable, as well as an increased risk of potential harm to other nearby teeth.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

a closeup of extracted wisdom teeth in Spring, TX

There are those lucky few patients who don’t need their wisdom teeth removed if they erupt without any issues. But most people tend to need theirs extracted before they can cause damage. A few of the most common reasons for wisdom tooth extraction include:

  • Impaction (teeth that lie hidden beneath the gumline)
  • An infection that causes fever, swelling, or pain
  • Continuous pain or pressure toward the back of your mouth
  • Bite misalignment

What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

a patient examining an X-ray of his wisdom teeth in Spring

When you visit us for a consultation, we can examine your situation and determine an appropriate course of action for your procedure. Partially erupted teeth can be loosened and gently removed using special instruments; however, fully impacted teeth will require a surgical approach where the gums are opened, and each molar is removed in sections to help minimize the amount of bone loss. In any case, our team will ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process.

Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction

a patient before her wisdom tooth procedure in Spring

After the procedure is complete, gauze is placed over the surgical sites to reduce bleeding and encourage healing. It’s important to remember that the blood clots that form over the sockets will play a vital role in the healing process, so you should prioritize their protection. Additionally, you should take your medications as prescribed, use cold compresses to alleviate swelling, and show extra caution when cleaning your mouth. Some other general tips to keep in mind include:

  • Don’t use a drinking straw, as the suction might disrupt your blood clots.
  • Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity for the first week or so.
  • Refrain from smoking or using tobacco products.