Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom Teeth Removal In Sugar Land
The third molars, also known as Wisdom Teeth, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. Typically, people will have one wisdom tooth per quadrant, but some people may lack of some or even all of them. Wisdom teeth extractions are considered based on health, position and alignment of the molars. As these molars are located in the back of the mouth, they’re the most difficult to reach for proper cleaning. Even if well aligned, your dentist may suggest an extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Diagnostic
You can spot a Wisdom Tooth when the molars have erupted through the gum or by sudden pain in the area. The oral surgeon or dentist will take an X-Ray to determine their existence, position and alignment. Even with no issues, the doctor may recommend wisdom teeth extractions to avoid a more complicated and painful surgery
in the future.
Your wisdom teeth may be in the following positions:
- Partial Eruption position.
When not aligned in proper position, it could crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves. When a wisdom tooth is pushing against other tooth, it is considered an “Impacted Wisdom Tooth”. An extraction should be made ASAP to prevent damage and cavities.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Surgery
When a surgery is suggested, you’ll be referred to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. LT Johnson is a trusted oral surgeon in Sugar Land and other Houston areas. The difficulty of the extraction will depend on different factors, but the surgery itself will consist of:
- Applying local anesthetic to the teeth and surrounding tissue.
- Dr. Johnson will determine if a sedative is required to control anxiety.
- If the wisdom tooth is fully erupted, extraction will be made easily as any other tooth.
- If the wisdom tooth is underneath the gum and attached to the jawbone, an incision will be made and the tooth will be removed in small sections or completely, depending on its size.
- Stitches or self-dissolving type may be used to close the incision.
Recovery and Potential Complications
After the removal, the recovery will also depend on the type of extraction made. Generally, healing and recovery may take from 3-5 days. During the first 24 hours you should expect some bleeding and facial swelling, that can be reduced by applying ice wrapped in a cloth in the area. The necessary medications will be prescribed to cut pain and prevent any infection. You’ll also be restricted to soft diet while recovering.
You should avoid alcohol and other drugs during the recovery, especially if narcotics were prescribed. The most common complication is Dry Socket, which means that a blood clot failed to form in the extracted tooth socket. This condition can be easily treated by Dr. Johnson. Contact us and schedule your visit now!
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Sugar Land, TX 77479
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Houston, Texas 77098
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