Top Dentist for Wisdom Teeth - Houston, TX
Since your wisdom teeth are the last ones to come in, they can have a tendency to fit incorrectly. This can cause a variety of complications, including painful chewing or cysts. At Dentistry of Highland Village, both Dr. Katya Shevchenko and Dr. Christina Gnaim perform routine procedures to extract problematic wisdom teeth. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort due to your wisdom teeth, call us immediately to get the best dental care around.
Wisdom Teeth Q & A
What are my wisdom teeth?
Your wisdom teeth are the last of your permanent adult teeth to come in. They are sometimes referred to as your “third molars”. They usually appear when you are between the ages of 17-25. Sometimes, you won’t develop wisdom teeth at all, or they come in copmletely normal and don’t cause any issues. For many, however, wisdom teeth erupt abnormally, grow at an odd angle, or get stuck in the jawbone.
Why would I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Wisdom teeth that erupt abnormally can cause many serious and painful problems, including:
- Damage to surrounding teeth or bone
- Cysts (harmful fluid-filled sacs)
- Complications during other dental treatments to realign adjacent teeth
During your regular visits to the our office, the team at Dentistry of Highland Village will monitor how your wisdom teeth are coming in and make sure that the necessary steps are taken to keep your oral health in top shape. Our team keeps you informed and lets you know if a wisdom tooth extraction is going to be necessary.
How does a wisdom tooth extraction procedure work?
A wisdom tooth extraction is a routine surgical procedure. Your dentist uses a local anesthetic during the extraction to make sure you don’t feel a thing.
Once you have been numbed, they use the proper tools to first create an incision in your gums that exposes the affected tooth and surrounding bone. They then remove any bone that prevents direct access to your wisdom tooth. When removing your wisdom teeth, sometimes they extract it in segments if it’s easier.
After the extraction, they clean the treatment site and make sure no tooth or bone debris remains in the area. The dentists then stitch up the incision and administer a gauze over the whole treatment area to manage bleeding.
What is recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction like?
After your treatment, be sure to get plenty of rest. You will more than likely experience swelling and discomfort for at least 2-3 days. If that discomfort worsens after that time frame, please contact contact the team at Dentistry of Highland Village right away.
During your recovery, they may also prescribe pain medications and encourage you to stick to soft foods, such as apple sauce and ice cream. You can gradually incorporate semi-soft foods back into your diet over the next few days.
If you think you might need to get your wisdom teeth removed, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation.
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