Posts for tag: Wisdom Teeth Removal

By Mission Hill Dental
February 07, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Sometime around the late teens or early twenties, people’s wisdom teeth start to erupt. These are the third and final set of molars. When wisdom teeth come in properly — meaning they are correctly aligned — they offer more chewing power. Unfortunately, more often than not, wisdom teeth are misaligned, crowd other teeth, and need to be removed. That's where Dr. Horacio Lucero of Mission Hill Dental comes in. Contact our office in New Braunfels, TX., to learn more.

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

It is thought that we have wisdom teeth because — back in the day — we ate a diet that consisted of more rough foods, like roots, leaves, and meat, all of which required more heavy-duty chewing power.

Reasons Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed

While there is no clear-cut rule that says every single person needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, there are certain situations where one or more wisdom teeth are causing a problem or have a strong likelihood that problems will eventually arise in the future that warrants their removal.

1. Fully Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When a wisdom tooth is “impacted”, it means that the tooth is covered by gum tissue, thereby preventing it from erupting through the gum. This often occurs when the mouth is too small to allow enough room for the tooth to emerge. Because bacteria, food, or other mouth substances can be lodged under the gum that covers the wisdom tooth, it can lead to an acute abscess, known as pericoronitis.

2. Partially Impacted Wisdom Teeth

When a wisdom tooth is partially impacted, meaning the tooth partially emerges from the gums, it almost always is advised to be removed. Because of its location in the very back of the mouth, a partially erupted wisdom tooth is more susceptible to not only decay and cavities, but also gum disease.

3. Other Reasons to Have Wisdom Teeth Removed

If you experience any of the below dental issues or changes in your dental health, removal of your wisdom tooth (teeth) may be necessary:

  • Pain at or surrounding the wisdom tooth site, including the jaw or cheek area
  • Repetitive infections
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay (extensive)
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Damage to surrounding teeth

It is important to know that the decision to have a wisdom tooth removed isn’t always cut and dry. It is essential to talk to Dr. Horacio Lucero about the alignment of your wisdom teeth if they have already erupted, the health of your wisdom teeth if impacted or partially impacted, and your overall dental health to determine what is best for your situation. Contact our New Braunfels, TX., office to schedule an appointment today with Mission Hill Dental. 

By Mission Hill Dental
December 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

When it's time for wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX, Dr. Horacio Lucero performs tooth extractions at Mission Hill Dental. Aftercare is important when you've had an extraction to prevent infection or a dry socket. Keep reading for tips, and come see us if you need a tooth removed.

What is a dry socket?

When you have a tooth removed a blood clot forms over the removal site and protects the exposed nerve endings. The clot should stay in place until your gums have healed. If this blood clot dislodges any earlier, it's called a dry socket and can be very painful. Here are five tips for preventing a dry socket after wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX.

Do not rinse for 24 hours

For the first 24 hours after an extraction, it's important to not rinse out your mouth. The clot could dislodge from this motion. After 24 hours you can rinse the socket very gently.

Avoid straws

You'll want to drink a lot of liquid during your recovery for your overall health, but the force of sucking liquid through a straw can loosen or dislodge the clot so avoid using straws until you are healed.

Avoid smoking and tobacco

Don't smoke or use tobacco for the duration of your healing. Your dentist will always recommend quitting smoking to prevent oral cancer, but it is especially dangerous after an extraction because it can cause a dry socket.

Eat soft foods

Soft food that doesn't require much chewing and can't get stuck is the best thing to eat during recovery. Stick to foods like yogurt, pudding, and jello for at least a day, and be careful not to chew on the side of the extraction or disturb it with your tongue.

Great oral hygiene

You need to practice great oral hygiene while you heal to prevent infection. Brush and floss your other teeth like usual, but avoid the teeth near the socket while you heal.

At Mission Hill Dental, Dr. Lucero removes wisdom teeth in New Braunfels, TX. Contact us for an appointment at (830) 625-7322.

By Mission Hill Dental
December 01, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are considering wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX, Dr. Horacio Lucero of Mission Hill Dental is available for consultation about the process. For most people, your third set of molars will erupt between the ages of 17 and 21. For some people, this is painless and they just come in and help you to chew better. Unfortunately, that is not the most common scenario. About 85% of people will not keep their wisdom teeth for a lifetime. 

Once you reach the correct age, your dentist will start to monitor your wisdom teeth and whether or not you are one of the lucky ones whose teeth will come in correctly. For most people, one of the following reasons for having your wisdom teeth extracted will happen:

The wisdom teeth are impacted

When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted it is stuck under the gums. Often there is not enough room for it to come out or it is growing at the wrong angle. Your dentist will take an x-ray to see what is going on. Wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX is called for if the tooth is causing pain or other problems. 

The wisdom teeth coming in crooked

When wisdom teeth come in crooked they can interfere with other teeth. This causes pain and over time may cause the other teeth to shift. 

The wisdom teeth come in partially 

When wisdom teeth only come in partially, they are a perfect place for food and then bacteria to accumulate. This can lead to pain and infection. The infection is called pericoronitis and is more common in the lower teeth than upper teeth. Two treatment options are available; removing the flap of skin that is partially covering the tooth or extracting the tooth. Wisdom teeth extraction is usually considered when the wisdom teeth are causing pain and not performing any practical purpose. For most people, the human mouth just doesn't have enough room for the extra four molars. 

Depending on whether your wisdom teeth are impacted, partially impacted or all the way erupted, your extraction may require slightly different procedures. The recovery time will vary depending on whether surgery is involved or not. Expect your recovery to be between 2-4 weeks and follow pretty much the same process as any other tooth extraction. If you need wisdom teeth removal in New Braunfels, TX, Dr. Lucero and his team at Mission Hill Dental are ready to provide the service you need. Give the office a call at (830) 625-7322. 

By Mission Hill Dental
October 08, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Is it time for you to have your wisdom teeth extracted?

Despite their name, these third and final set of molars may not bring you wisdom, but they may bring with them a host of dental problems. Many teens and adults deal with impacted wisdom teeth, which occurs when there just isn’t enough room in the mouth for the teeth to fully emerge through the gums. Wondering when you should turn to our New Braunfels, TX, dentists Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard to have your wisdom teeth removed? Here are some signs,

Increased Pain and Sensitivity

While it is normal for a wisdom tooth to cause a little discomfort when cutting through the gums, if you are noticing increased or significant pain then it’s worth having the problem evaluated by a dental professional as soon as possible. There are many reasons why you may be dealing with pain and this is typically one of the most common signs that you’ll need an extraction.

Gum Inflammation

Since impacted wisdom teeth do not fully emerge through the gums, this can leave a small opening in the gums where bacteria can enter. This can result in inflamed gum tissue and even an infection. It can be challenging to keep these areas clean and can lead to a form of gum disease that affects the gums around the wisdom teeth. If you notice inflamed, tender or red gums around your impacted wisdom tooth, it’s a good idea to consult our New Braunfels, TX, family dentist right away.

The Development of a Cyst

If you notice a fluid-filled bump on your gums, you may be dealing with a cyst. This problem requires immediate treatment, as an untreated cyst can lead to permanent damage to the tooth roots, bones and neighboring teeth and even cause a tumor. You need to have any bump or growth that develops around your wisdom tooth immediately examined by a dentist right away.

You Already Have a Crooked or Crowded Smile

If you are already dealing with crooked teeth or crowding, then wisdom teeth are only going to shift teeth even more. It’s possible for wisdom teeth to push against or damage other teeth as they come in, particularly if they grow in sideways. If your jaws just aren’t large enough to accommodate your wisdom teeth, then they should be removed to prevent teeth from being pushed together even further.

If you are wondering whether you need your wisdom teeth removed turn to our New Braunfels, TX, dentists today at Mission Hills Dental for the answers you’re looking for. Call us at (830) 625-7322.