Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Richardson
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With preventive and restorative dentistry, Dr. Nguyen’s goal is to help you keep all of your teeth for ideally your whole life. Nevertheless, there are circumstances that indicate the best option of treatment is tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are one of those circumstances. Whether your wisdom teeth have erupted or are impacted beneath gum tissue, these large molars can damage your oral health and your overall health. That’s why wisdom teeth extractions are frequently recommended.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Extracted?
There are a few reasons for extracting wisdom teeth. The first is the size of these teeth. Wisdom teeth are simply too large for most people’s jaws. Back in prehistoric times, humans needed these large teeth in order to chew their rough diets of leaves, berries, seeds, and tough meats. Their jaws were made to have room for these big teeth.
But now the human jaw is considerably smaller, and our diets consist of softer foods that are easier to chew and digest. Therefore, wisdom teeth have essentially become obsolete and are more trouble than they’re worth.
Common Problems Caused by Wisdom Teeth
Whether wisdom teeth are impacted or erupted, they can pose a threat to your smile. Sometimes, they put pressure on the surrounding teeth. This may not only be painful, but could also cause alignment issues to develop. If you or one of your children has recently worn braces, then this will be a factor the dentist in Richardson considers when recommending extraction.
Other possible reasons for wisdom teeth extractions are:
- An increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease because wisdom teeth are not easy to keep clean
- Cysts might develop in the tissue around impacted wisdom teeth, which can lead to bone damage
Impacted Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Although each patient’s case is different, most wisdom teeth extractions are routine procedures that generally take no longer than an hour to complete. First, Dr. Nguyen administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth, bone, and surrounding gum tissue. Sedation dentistry is also available to help you relax during treatment.
Each wisdom tooth is surgically exposed. When possible, our dentist will uses forceps to extract the entire tooth. If your tooth is especially impacted or large, then it may need to be sectioned before extraction. At the end of the procedure, sutures are placed onto the surgery site, and you’re given time to recover and relax.
You’ll be sent home with instructions on how to care for the wound. Be sure to keep the site clean, and eat soft foods for the first few days. Dr. Nguyen may prescribe pain medication for discomfort, or you can use ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Ice packs will help reduce any swelling.
If you have more questions about wisdom tooth extractions in Richardson, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then please contact the office today.
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