August 11, 2015

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Red Oak Trusts

wisdom tooth extraciton red oak, txFor most patients, wisdom teeth don’t make them feel particularly wise, and generally, the development process is painful and can be detrimental to your smile. 90% of people will have at least one impacted (stuck below the gum line or in the jawbone) wisdom tooth, and less than 30% of patients have adequate oral space for the additional teeth. Of those patients who choose to keep their wisdom teeth, roughly 65% experience complications resulting in extraction within 10 years. Needless to say, the wise course of action may be to have your wisdom teeth removed. To find out more about wisdom tooth extractions, our specialty dental care, or any of our dentistry services, call our Red Oak, TX office to schedule an appointment today.

Why Should I Remove my Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the result of a now unnecessary evolutionary development. In ancient times, humans chewed rough grains and vegetables, ate uncooked meats, and used their teeth as tools. Unsurprisingly, this was hard on teeth, and in the late teens or early 20s a third set of molars would develop to replace damaged or lost molars. Today, we have a much less difficult-to-chew diet, better dental care, and no longer use our teeth as tools (at least we don’t have to). Thus, wisdom teeth have become extraneous and typically cause more harm to your dental structure than good.

In order to avoid painful infection that can result from impacted teeth decaying below the gum lines or other potential dental issues, most dental practitioners recommend extraction. Additionally, adults who have their wisdom teeth removed experience much more pain than young people typically because the tooth has become more firmly fused with the jawbone making the extraction process more difficult. In many cases it is preferable to remove wisdom teeth right away to avoid any potential oral health concerns.

What Should I Expect During Extraction?

Wisdom tooth extraction typically proceeds a bit differently than traditional tooth extraction. Most wisdom teeth never fully surface which means that extraction typically requires a minor surgical procedure to remove the tooth from below the gum line. The area will be numbed, and the dentist will utilize various tools as necessary to gain access to and extract the tooth from the supportive gum tissue fibers.

Once the tooth is removed surgically or by “pulling” in the case of patients whose teeth have fully erupted, the next step is to form a blood clot over the extraction site. This is done by biting down on sterile gauze for half hour increments until the flow of blood has stopped. For the next few days, avoid using straws, smoking, chewing near the extraction site, or eating overly hot or cold foods. Pain in the extraction area should recede significantly by the 3rd or 4th day. If it doesn’t, you should call Allheart Dental Care for a checkup.

Call Allheart Dental Care for Wisdom Teeth Extraction, Red Oak

If you or a loved one are in need of wisdom tooth extraction, call to schedule your appointment today. The friendly Allheart Dental Care team of Red Oak, TX is here to help patients from surrounding areas including Lancaster, Ovilla, Glenn Heights, Desoto, Waxahachie, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

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