Posts for tag: wisdom teeth

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.

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.

By Mission Hill Dental
October 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.

“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”

The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”

A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.

It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.

So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”


Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.

That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!

Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.

Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”

One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”  Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Mission Hill Dental
November 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Having your wisdom teeth removed is a common procedure that about 5 million Americans undergo per year. Understanding this wisdom teeth procedure and why dentists suggest it can help you determine if you need your wisdom teeth removed. Find out more about wisdom teeth removal with Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard at Mission Hill Dental in New Braunfels, TX, also serving Canyon Lake, TX patients.

Do I need my wisdom teeth removed? 
If your wisdom teeth grow in and are fully erupted without shifting the other teeth, are healthy, and are in the correct positions, you probably do not need to have them removed. However, many people’s wisdom teeth erupt incorrectly or not growing in at all due to lack of room in the mouth. When this happens, they become impacted which can result in painful complications like cysts or infections. Teeth which have only partially erupted may also require extraction as they are in a hard to clean area and at high risk for decay.

What can I expect from wisdom teeth removal? 
Depending on your condition and situation, your doctor will use either local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia, or general anesthesia while performing the extraction procedure. The procedure requires several days of healing time afterward and often includes swelling, bleeding, and pain. This is often managed by several days of rest and pain relievers alongside changing the gauze placed over the extraction sites regularly. You will need to drink lots of water after your procedure and eat only soft foods for the first 24-48 hours.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in New Braunfels, TX 
Dentists often recommend removing wisdom teeth before their roots fully grow into place. This helps prevent complications and provides a less complex and easier extraction. It can also prevent the pain wisdom teeth cause by nipping the problem in the bud. However, your dentist is your best source of information on wisdom tooth extraction and if it is right for you.

For more information on wisdom teeth removal, please contact Dr. Horacio Lucero and Dr. Fred Willard at Mission Hill Dental in New Braunfels, TX, also serving Canyon Lake, TX patients. Call (830) 625-7322 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!