Wisdom Teeth Removal
in Webster, TX
Wisdom teeth generally push through your gums between the ages of 17 and 25. If they come in and begin to crowd your other teeth, become impacted, or get infected, they will need to be removed. The removal of wisdom teeth is a procedure that is done pretty much the same at every dental practice. The big difference is how you’re treated during your procedure and how comfortable you are made to feel while you are having the procedure done. At Clear Lake Dental Care, we stand apart from the rest in any way we can, and when it comes to removing your wisdom teeth, we do this with superior patient care, sedation options, and a superbly comfortable office. You’ll be glad that you had your wisdom teeth removed at Clear Lake Dental Care!
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
The third molars, better known as the wisdom teeth, develop during early adulthood. They are called “wisdom teeth” as they come in at a more mature age. Sometimes wisdom teeth come incorrectly, in the right position with enough room to grow, and do not need to be removed, but that is not often the case. Limited space in the mouth means most people cannot support these additional molars, making an extraction procedure necessary.
Wisdom Teeth Testimonial with clear lake dental
“I had my wisdom teeth removed a week ago. I don’t remember much on the procedure but overall it was a good experience. The entire staff was great. Dr Das was great! I felt comfortable with everything. I definitely have made Dr.Das my dentist for any of my dental needs. I was refered by my little sister. I would definitely recommend him to anyone! — Liz B”
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed?
As wisdom teeth grow in and increase crowding in the mouth, teeth may become crooked resulting in the reversal of existing dental treatment from braces or Invisalign. If not removed, the wisdom teeth may cause pain, infection, and swelling. They may also cause the development of cysts or tumors.
What are the Benefits of Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
There may be several benefits to having wisdom teeth removed before they grow in naturally. Wisdom teeth often try to grow into very small spaces where other teeth are situated. As a result, there is a very real risk of impaction. An impacted wisdom tooth is one that is trying to grow in but is pressing on the root and other structures of another tooth. The impacted tooth may grow in partially or may remain trapped beneath the gums. In either scenario, the tooth is susceptible to infection and abscess, cysts, or tumors. An impacted wisdom tooth may also incur unnecessary pain. Timely removal can avoid these experiences.
Side Effects After Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom tooth extraction is generally a safe procedure that is extremely beneficial for patients.
It is important to follow all post-operative instructions to reduce your risk for any of the following:
- Prolonged pain and swelling
- Numbness in the area
- Dry socket resulting in pain
- Damage to existing dental work including Veneers, Crowns, Braces/Invisalign results, and more
- Pain when opening the jaw
If you experience any of these side effects, please contact our office as they can be serious and may require additional treatment.
Does a Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure Require Anesthesia?
One thing that the doctors at Clear Lake Dental Care take great pride in is being able to effectively administer anesthesia and sedation so that you will be comfortable. Our doctors have decades of experience with anesthesia and sedation, so you can feel at ease when you come in for your wisdom teeth removal.
At what age should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
There is no strict rule that dictates when a person should have their wisdom teeth removed. The procedure often occurs when a patient is in their teens or early twenties. This is because it is during this stage of life when wisdom teeth generally grow in. Depending on the structure of a person’s mouth and their current dentition, a dentist may advise wisdom teeth removal earlier to prevent impaction.
how the wisdom teeth removal works
When you come in to have your wisdom teeth removed at Clear Lake Dental Care, you will be brought back to a comfortable room where your wisdom teeth extraction will take place. The first thing we will do is provide you with local anesthesia and sedate you to ensure that you feel no pain. In fact, with some forms of sedation, you may not even remember the procedure. As far as you know, you will have been asleep and when you wake up, the procedure will be finished.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Wisdom tooth removal is performed with a strong local anesthetic that numbs the nerve endings in the gums at the back of the mouth. The local anesthetic alone can efficiently block pain signals to the brain. However, our patients may also consider the added value of sedation dentistry such as nitrous oxide to further enhance pain management during their extraction procedure.
Why Choose Clear lake Dental For Wisdom Tooth Removal
Something that makes us stand out from the others who perform wisdom teeth removal is that we are very conscious of how comfortable our office is for our patients. At no point during your wisdom teeth removal will you ever feel uncomfortable. Having teeth extracted from your mouth is about as uncomfortable sounding as it gets, but we assure you that with our experienced staff and comfortable office, you will always be comfortable at Clear Lake Dental Care!
how to prepare for wisdom teeth removal?
One thing that you’ll have to be prepared for is getting home after your wisdom teeth removal. After you come out of your procedure, you’ll still feel the effects of the anesthesia, and you will need a ride home. Please plan ahead to make sure everything goes smoothly.
How long will the procedure take?
Wisdom teeth removal takes about 45 minutes in most cases, even if teeth are impacted. Patients are comfortable throughout the procedure thanks to our gentle care, anesthetic, and superior sedation techniques. Depending on the type of sedation a patient receives, they may spend a short period in a comfortable recovery area while their anesthesia wears off. A loved one will then drive the patient home.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Recovery
You will be prescribed painkillers after surgery to alleviate any pain from the procedure and aid in the recovery process. Be sure to eat only soft foods for the first few days and drink plenty of liquids. If you experience any swelling, gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Stitches will be removed within a few days.
How long does the recovery process take?
Patients begin their recovery process at home shortly after their procedure is complete. On that first day, they may feel groggy due to anesthesia and prescription pain medication. The mouth and cheeks may look and feel swollen for a few days. A cold compress can be used to reduce this side effect and may also soothe discomfort. During the first week or so after wisdom teeth removal, patients should avoid the following to prevent disruption to the stitches at the site of extraction:
- Drinking through a straw
- Strenuous exercise
Within 3 to 4 days after extractions, pain and swelling may be improved enough to resume many normal activities. Some patients return to work or school at this time. However, food restrictions may still apply and patients may continue to eat softer foods for several days. Depending on the position of the wisdom teeth at the time of extraction, it could take up to two weeks for the swelling and mild discomfort to fully resolve. Additionally, it takes months for the socket to fully heal. Patients must remain vigilant about oral care to reduce the risk of infection.
Can I Only Eat Certain Foods After Getting My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
After having a tooth extraction procedure, it is wise for patients to consume softer foods for a time. The extraction of all four wisdom teeth could result in soreness or tenderness that lasts for a week to 10 days. During this time, patients should avoid drinking through a straw and may feel most comfortable eating soups, yogurts, healthy juices, and broths. As the gums heal, they may resume eating eggs, noodles, soft fruits like bananas, and cooked vegetables. Increasingly, patients can expect to be able to tolerate foods that require more chewing. If you have questions about what to eat after wisdom tooth removal, please contact our office to speak with a friendly member of our staff.
Can you sleep on your side after getting your wisdom teeth removed?
Patients who undergo wisdom tooth removal may be instructed to sleep on their back as much as possible for up to seven days. Some do this instinctively due to the discomfort that can occur from pressure on the sides of the face. Back-sleeping may be made easier by placing an extra pillow or two at the sides.
Can Wisdom Teeth Grow Back After they are Removed?
It is uncommon for additional wisdom teeth to grow in after a removal procedure. Unique instances that may cause this include:
- An additional tooth bud present for the same third molar.
- Supernumerary teeth or para molars, each a form of an extra molar, occur in only one or two of every 100 people.
- Incomplete extraction. This is also a rare occurrence. Incomplete extraction occurs when part of the wisdom tooth is missed. This can happen due to the lack of accessibility that is especially likely with impacted wisdom teeth.
Are there any disadvantages to having your wisdom teeth removed?
Patients often do not have a choice whether or not they wish to have wisdom teeth removed. The teeth may get stuck or may push adjacent teeth, causing discomfort. However, there are people for whom wisdom teeth do not present immediate problems. The benefits of wisdom teeth extraction may be difficult to identify in this case, but they do exist.
There are more advantages to wisdom teeth removal than disadvantages. If wisdom teeth are not affecting other teeth or general oral health, a dentist may watch and wait. This saves the patient an unnecessary but small risk of infection related to the minor surgical procedure. Infection and the need for downtime and temporary dietary modifications are the primary disadvantages associated with this procedure. Considering the discomfort that decayed, broken, or impacted wisdom teeth can cause, the disadvantages are minimal.
What to expect from your consultation for wisdom teeth extraction
When you consult with a dentist for wisdom teeth extraction, you can expect a thorough oral exam from your dentist or oral surgeon. X-rays may be taken to identify the exact location of the wisdom teeth and their roots. This helps guide the surgical plan, which your dentist will then discuss with you.