Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Keller, TX
Comfortable and Gentle Care for Troublesome Teeth
Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted because they typically emerge in the late teens or early twenties, becoming stuck due to lack of space in the mouth. This can lead to pain, pressure on nearby teeth, and infections. At Ridgepoint Dental of Keller, we offer everything you need for wisdom teeth issues, saving you the hassle of seeing a specialist. If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, continue reading or give us a call to learn more!
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Known as the third set of molars, wisdom teeth used to be crucial for our ancestors, aiding in tough diets. Today, with our modern eating habits, they're less necessary. The wisdom teeth typically emerge in the late teens or early twenties, but not everyone gets them—some have none, one, two, three, or four. While extraction is common when they cause issues, not everyone needs them removed.
Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?
Some wisdom teeth can become troublemakers, leading to serious issues later on. If they aren’t removed, they can cause overcrowding, hygiene problems, discomfort, impaction, and even cysts or tumors in their sacs. Make sure you keep an eye out for signs like pain while eating, jaw stiffness, facial swelling, bad breath, or difficulty opening your mouth. Don't worry – with timely extraction, you can keep your smile and oral health in top shape!
What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Procedure
When it comes to removing already erupted wisdom teeth, our team will use tools like dental forceps and an elevator for a straightforward procedure. But if the wisdom teeth are impacted, the process is a bit different. In such cases, surgical extractions are performed, which involves a more detailed procedure to carefully remove the impacted teeth. Whether they're erupted or impacted, our team has the expertise to ensure a safe and comfortable extraction experience.
Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Extraction
After wisdom tooth extraction in Keller, you may experience some common side effects like facial swelling and bleeding. To ensure a smooth recovery, maintain good oral hygiene with gentle rinsing and brushing while avoiding the extraction site. You can prevent dry socket by staying away from straws and carbonated drinks. Be sure to stick to a soft food diet as well and take prescribed medications.
If you have any concerns, feel free to contact our office anytime. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities!
Wisdom Teeth FAQs
Do you have questions about your upcoming wisdom tooth removal in Keller? Even though it seems like a daunting treatment, rest assured that we’ll never keep you in the dark about it. Below, we’ve compiled and answered some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive from patients for your convenience.
What are signs that my wisdom teeth are growing in?
Wisdom teeth typically begin growing in between the ages of 17 and 25, causing a variety of symptoms that let patients know they should come in for a checkup. These include:
- Bleeding or tender gums
- Swollen gums towards the back of the mouth
- Jaw pain
- Bad breath or an unpleasant taste in the mouth
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Frequent headaches
- Gum infection
If you notice any of these, it’s important to visit your dentist in Keller as soon as possible.
What is the cost of wisdom tooth removal?
If we recommend wisdom tooth removal, it’s typically covered by your health insurance benefits. However, if you don’t have health insurance, we are also running a $1,800 extraction special for wisdom teeth. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact us.
How long will it take for me to recover from my wisdom tooth extraction?
Once your procedure is completed, our team will provide you with some aftercare tips to help you make a speedy recovery. You’ll likely feel soreness and discomfort afterward, but as long as you take the medication we prescribe you, regularly ice the area, and follow our directions, you should begin to feel back to your normal self within a week or two. After the first few days, you should notice that any lingering pain and discomfort are disappearing. If not, please contact us.
Will I be sedated during my wisdom tooth removal?
If you require a surgical wisdom tooth extraction due to the fact that they’re impacted, then you’ll likely be under sedation during the procedure. Either way, we will also inject a local anesthetic near the extraction site, so you won’t be able to feel an ounce of pain throughout the process.
How can I prevent dry socket?
Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that’s protecting your nerves and bone in your extraction site dissolves or moves. The best way to keep this from happening is by following these instructions:
- Don’t drink from a straw.
- Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.
- Eat soft foods until you’ve healed.
- Maintain good oral hygiene during recovery.
If you notice intense pain a few days following your surgery, visible bone in the socket, or pain that radiates to your face and head, you likely have a dry socket and need to call us immediately.