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 are impacted beneath gum tissue or they have erupted, these large molars can harm your oral health as well as your general health. That’s why wisdom teeth extractions in Richardson are often recommended.
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.
Whether wisdom teeth are impacted or erupted, they can pose a threat to your smile. Sometimes, they put pressure on adjacent 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 orthodontic braces, then this will be a factor the dentist in Richardson consider when recommending extraction.
Other reasons for wisdom teeth extractions are:
Although each patient’s case is different, most wisdom teeth extractions are a routine procedure that usually takes no more than an hour to complete. First, Dr. Nguyen administers a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, surrounding gum tissue and bone. Sedation dentistry is also available to help you relax during treatment.
Each wisdom tooth is surgically exposed. When possible, the dentist uses forceps to extract the whole tooth. If the tooth is especially large or impacted, then it may need to be sectioned before removal. At the conclusion, sutures are placed over the surgery site and you’re given time to relax and recover.
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 a 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 teeth extractions in Richardson, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, then please contact the office today.