Grand Prairie Dentist Answers Your Questions about Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth extractions typically become necessary in the late teenage years or during early adulthood. However, many people are unclear as to why it is necessary to extract wisdom teeth at all. Below, your GrandPrairie dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith, explains the reasoning behind wisdom teeth extraction as he answers your most frequently asked questions about the procedure.

Why are wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth emerge far later in life than the rest of your teeth. When they do emerge, they may cause problems with the alignment of your other teeth. For example, the wisdom teeth may be turned at an angle that would cause crowding in nearby teeth. Therefore, in order to prevent orthodontic problems, it is best to remove the wisdom teeth.

Wisdom teeth may also become impacted, meaning that they only partially break through the gums. If wisdom teeth become impacted, extraction is crucial. With the teeth only partially exposed, they cannot be thoroughly cleaned. Bacteria are also able to enter the opening in the gums, where they can cause infection, decay, and gum disease.

Are wisdom teeth extractions performed under anesthesia?

Your Grand Prairiedentist, Dr. Smith, employs one of two sedation methods for wisdom teeth extraction procedures. The two methods are nitrous oxide and oral sedation. For sedation with nitrous oxide, patients must inhale the gas during the extraction. Once sedation has been established, Dr. Smith can remove the teeth. Oral sedation, on the other hand, requires patients to take medication. One pill must be swallowed the night before the procedure, and a second pill must be taken one hour before the procedure. The medication places patients into a relaxed state, allowing Dr. Smith to extract the wisdom teeth.

Schedule a Visit with Your Grand Prairie Dentist

Do your wisdom teethneed to be removed? Contact our 75052 dental office to schedule an appointment or a consultation with your Grand Prairie dentist, Dr. Smith, today by calling 972-262-5111. We welcome patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.