Have you ever wondered why many people have their wisdom teeth removed? It seems strange that a large group of people all require the removal of a natural tooth. Yet extracting wisdom teeth can prevent many oral health problems including orthodontic problems and the possibility of infections. Here to explain why wisdom teeth extraction is often necessary is your Grand Prairie dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith.
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
Wisdom teeth do not typically emerge until the late teenage years or early adulthood. When they do emerge, they are not always aligned properly. They may be turned to the side or at an angle, meaning that they can crowd nearby teeth, causing orthodontic problems. In these cases, extraction is the best option. Another situation that requires extraction occurs when wisdom teeth are impacted, which means that they remain enclosed in the soft tissue or only partially come through the gums. In cases of partial eruption, infection is a great risk because patients cannot adequately clean the tooth, yet bacteria can enter the opening and wreak havoc in the forms of tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
What to Expect from an Extraction
If your Grand Prairiedentist, Dr. Smith, decides that your wisdom teeth need to be extracted, he will employ one of two sedation methods: oral sedation or nitrous oxide. Oral sedation involves taking a pill the night before extraction and one more pill an hour before the procedure. With nitrous oxide, patients inhale the gas during the procedure. Once the sedatives begin to work, Dr. Smith will quickly and efficiently extract the teeth. Following the procedure, he will provide instructions about how to care for your mouth so that the empty socket heals properly.
Schedule a Visit with Your Grand Prairie Dentist
If you experience swelling or pain in the area of your wisdom teeth, they may require extraction in order to ensure the continuation of your oral health. Schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Grand Prairiedentist, Dr. Smith, today by calling 972-262-5111. Our 75052 dental office welcomes patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.