Dr. Sujata Basawaraj can provide wisdom tooth removal at her practice in The Colony. In cases both straightforward and complex, she can provide a wisdom tooth extraction that is virtually free of pain. To schedule a wisdom tooth extraction for yourself or your child, contact our office today.
Why Remove a Wisdom Tooth?
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, usually erupt during the late teens or early twenties. In some cases, these teeth come in normally and do not present any problems. But in other cases, patients do not have enough room in their mouth to accommodate the teeth, and crowding and serious alignment problems result. To avoid these problems, Dr. Basawaraj generally recommends extraction in the earliest stages of wisdom tooth development. As an adolescent or young adult, the jawbone is softer, making the procedure easier and the recovery faster.
A wisdom tooth can fail to fully erupt because it is blocked by another tooth. Other times, a wisdom tooth may remain partially or fully covered by gum tissue. When a wisdom tooth does not entirely erupt, bacteria can enter the gums, leading to infection, pain, gum irritation, tooth decay, or an abscess. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause serious problems with dental alignment.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
We work with a trusted specialist who performs wisdom tooth extraction. Before removing your wisdom tooth, a local anesthetic is administered to ensure your comfort. If you have an impacted tooth, or if the dentist is removing all of your wisdom teeth at once, you may benefit from sedation dentistry. During a simple extraction, the specialist can easily remove wisdom teeth with forceps. Most patients feel nothing more than a gentle pressure during this procedure.
If you have an impacted tooth, the process is a little more complex. Thanks to our specialist's surgical skill, you will experience minimal discomfort and a quick recovery. First, the specialist will make an incision in the gum tissue or jawbone covering your wisdom teeth. Through this incision, the specialist can gently loosen and remove the tooth. Occasionally, the specialist will extract the tooth in several pieces, minimizing discomfort and preserving more of your healthy jawbone structure.
Recovery for Wisdom Tooth Extraction
After your procedure, you will experience some swelling and discomfort, which will subside within the first week. Over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs can usually control these symptoms. You should also eat a soft diet for several days, and you should continue to use caution when eating or brushing your teeth until your recovery is complete.
Take Steps to Protect Your Oral Health
Even if wisdom teeth have not presented problems, it is important for your dentist to monitor their development and look for any future complications. If you do not currently have a dentist with whom you undergo regular checkups, we would be happy to become your regular oral health care providers. Be proactive about your oral health, and schedule an appointment for yourself or your pre-teen today.