Wisdom Teeth Removal

If you or your child needs to have their wisdom teeth removed or evaluated, we’re here to help.

What are wisdom teeth?

The third molars are commonly referred to as wisdom teeth. Most adults develop four — one in each corner of the mouth behind the second molars. They are usually the last teeth to develop and can emerge from ages 14-25. Their development is usually completed between the middle teenage years and early twenties, a time traditionally associated with the onset of maturity and the attainment of wisdom. Most of the time, there is usually not enough room for these extra molars to grow in without causing problems. Removing these molars early can help prevent infections, cavities to the adjacent teeth, dental shifting, cysts, and even tumors. When there isn’t enough space for the wisdom teeth, they will attempt to grow in whichever direction they can—even sideways. This angled growth can also lead to damage to your existing healthy teeth Most dental professionals recommend having regular checkups to track the location of your wisdom teeth and prevent these problems.
Wisdom teeth

Why have wisdom teeth removed?

While not all wisdom teeth require removal, wisdom teeth extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection, or as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future. Early wisdom teeth removal can help prevent the following problems:
  • Infection of the gum and bone tissue causing pain, swelling, stiffness, and illness
  • Crowding of healthy teeth
  • Damage to the adjacent molars
  • Development of cysts and tumors in the bone around infected teeth

When is the ideal time for wisdom teeth to be removed?

The right age for removal can differ for every person. This is because teeth development can occur at a different rate for everyone. It is recommend that children entering their teen years receive an X-ray evaluation by a dentist, orthodontist, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine the location and condition of the wisdom teeth. In general, early intervention can prevent future discomfort, promote better healing, and make removal and recovery easier.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Our oral surgeons have years of experience removing wisdom teeth efficiently and safely. We use the most advanced instruments, diagnostic 3D-CT imaging technology, and minimally invasive surgical techniques to make sure every patient gets the best result possible from treatment. During your consultation appointment a panoramic x-ray will be taken in order to evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and to determine if a current problem exists or the likelihood of any potential problems. To learn more, or schedule an appointment with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons, contact our office today.

Before Surgery

You’ll meet with the oral surgeon to talk about your wisdom teeth removal process. At this appointment, make sure you:

  • Tell your doctor about any health problems that you may have.
  • Any drugs that you take on a regular basis.
  • Ask any questions you have about the procedure.
  • Talk to your doctor about what type of anesthesia you’ll have.
  • Plan time off from work or school to have your surgery and rest afterward at home.

During Surgery

Your wisdom teeth removal surgery should take about 45-60 minutes.

There are 2 types of anesthesia that can be provided so you don’t feel pain during your wisdom teeth removal.

  • Local: The doctor will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. You may also breathe nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax during surgery.
  • IV sedation: Your surgeon will numb your mouth and also give you a dose of drugs through intravenously to help you sleep during the procedure.

Your oral surgeon may need to remove some gum tissue or bone to remove your wisdom teeth. If so, they will place sutures (stitches) so you can heal faster. The stitches usually dissolve after a few days, but some special ones may need to be removed by the doctor.

After Surgery

The wisdom teeth removal process can vary from one person to another. Everyone responds differently to anesthesia. If you had local anesthetic and feel alert, you can drive home and continue with your day. However, if you still feel drowsy, you may need someone to drive you home.

In most cases, patients feel little to no pain after the surgery so there’s nothing to worry about. You may have some swelling or mild discomfort for 3 days or so and your mouth may need a couple of weeks to fully heal.

Follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure the quickest recovery from your wisdom teeth removal surgery.

Why Choose Spring Oral Surgery for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal?

We provide the highest level of care when it comes to wisdom teeth removal in Spring as we are one of the premier practices specializing in dental implants and wisdom teeth removal in Spring, Texas. We have over 30+ years of collective experience and have done over 80,000 surgeries. That’s why we’re super confident in our dental care services and confident that we will exceed your expectations

From the moment you walk into our practice, we treat you as part of our family and we care enough about your treatment to make sure that you’re comfortable enough before, during, and after your wisdom teeth removal procedure.

Our specialized staff of oral surgeons will ensure that your wisdom teeth removal process in our Spring office will be as easy and painless as possible.

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At Spring oral surgery & Dental Implant Center