Wisdom teeth have the rare distinction of being a body part that commonly gets removed for better functioning. At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Denton, Texas, Patrick Ruehle, DDS, and Bryan Moore, DDS, remove wisdom teeth for young adults who need more room in their mouths. If you’re in the area of Denton, Corinth, Argyle, Robson Ranch, Bartonville, Lantana, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores, Highland Village, Justin, Ponder, Sanger and Krum, Texas, schedule your wisdom teeth extraction today. Call the Denton, Texas, office to book a consultation.
Your wisdom teeth are a relic of your genetic past: The strong molars that sit farthest back in your mouth once helped early humans eat a raw diet of roots, leaves, and meat.
Now that you can cook your food and cut it up with forks and knives, you don’t really need these teeth. That is not the reason they recommend removal, however. That is determined by the size and shape of their mouth.
Your wisdom teeth are the last to come into your mouth. Most people don’t get them until they’re between the ages of 16 and 21. Even though most people still get wisdom teeth, some people don’t develop them at all or only a couple of them.
Most people today do not have room for the wisdom teeth to come fully in, and they are very often angled or rotated so that they can’t come in the right place.
If your wisdom teeth are allowed to grow in, they can cause crowding of your other teeth or damage to the 12-year molars and some discomfort. They are also easily infected.
Not everyone who gets their wisdom teeth needs to have them extracted. You should get them extracted if:
Jaw growth generally stops in girls between ages 16-18 and in boys, between 18-21. If you don’t have room by that time, you won’t. While there’s no standard age to get your wisdom teeth out, the procedure is least complicated when they’re near your gumline and the root is still short.
Wisdom tooth removal is best done young, as everything heals faster and better then, and they do not want the wisdom teeth to undo expensive orthodontic work.
During your wisdom teeth extraction procedure, Dr. Moore uses IV sedation to slip you into a low state of consciousness. You are able to move and respond to requests such as open and close, turn your head, but you don’t feel the pain of the procedure. In fact, you hardly remember it.
To extract your tooth, Dr. Moore opens your gum and divides the underlying tooth into smaller pieces that are easily removed. If parts of your bone are blocking the root, Dr. Moore removes that first.
After removing the parts of the tooth, your dentist thoroughly cleans the area and might stitch the wound. Then, he places some gauze over the area to stop the bleeding.
Before you leave, he gives you instructions for aftercare to make sure you recover quickly and with minimal chance of complications. You will stay on a soft diet for one week.
If your wisdom teeth are starting to grow in or cause you discomfort, call Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today for a consultation to see if wisdom teeth extractions are needed.