By Mission Hill Dental
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

Find out more about these third set of molars and why they are often removed.

Contrary to their name, wisdom teeth do not bestow people with wisdom. Unfortunately, this third set of molars that usually erupt during a wisdom teethperson’s late teens or early twenties may cause potential issues and will need to be removed as soon as possible. Our Canyon Lake, TX, dentists. Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard, can answer all your questions about wisdom teeth and the extraction process.

Does everyone have wisdom teeth?

Actually, not everyone does. While most people will have all four wisdom teeth, there are some that may only develop one, two or three wisdom teeth. Once a year when we perform x-rays during your routine checkup we will be able to check the development of your wisdom teeth.

What problems can wisdom teeth cause?

Many times wisdom teeth do not grow in properly. If they grow in crooked or at an angle they could damage other teeth. Many times wisdom teeth are impacted, which means that they never fully erupt through the gums. This leaves a hole in the gums that could develop an infection. Common symptoms associated with wisdom teeth are pain, tenderness, gum swelling, or discharge (if an infection is present).

Why do wisdom teeth often have to be removed?

As mentioned above, wisdom teeth are often impacted or could lead to crowding if there isn’t enough room for them to grow in. In this case, our Canyon Lake, TX, general dentists will recommend having your wisdom teeth removed.

What’s involved in having my wisdom teeth extracted?

The type of extraction you’ll undergo will depend on whether or not your wisdom teeth are impacted. If teeth are impacted, we will need to section the tooth into pieces before removing. If wisdom teeth are still under the gums we will need to make a small incision in the gums to remove these molars.

What kind of anesthesia is used for this procedure?

This procedure is minor so it doesn’t require general anesthesia. You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. In some instances you’ll be under the effects of conscious sedation (also known as “twilight sedation), in which you won’t remember the procedure but will be awake and able to respond to cues from the dentist throughout the surgery.

How long is the recovery process?

The recovery process can vary from about a week to 10 days, but your recovery period may be shorter or longer. This really varies from patient to patient.

No matter whether your wisdom teeth have already started to erupt or not, it’s not a bad idea to consult with our dentists at Mission Hill Dental in Canyon Lake, TX, to find out whether you may benefit from having them removed now or in the future. Call us.