Wisdom Teeth Extractions – Dallas, TX
Gentle Extractions for a Healthier Smile
Wisdom teeth extractions in Dallas have become a sort of rite of passage for many young adults. These days, it is even fairly common for older individuals to get their wisdom teeth removed. But just what are the wisdom teeth, why is it often necessary to extract them, and what is involved in removing? In the following sections, you will find answers to these fascinating questions.
What Are the Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. They are the last of the adult teeth to erupt into the dental arch. Wisdom teeth usually begin to come in during the teenage years, and are usually recommended for removal between the ages of 13 and 21.
Because wisdom teeth are so often removed, many people wonder why we have them in the first place. The most dominant theory states that our ancestors needed a third set of molars to help them consume a diet that was full of rough foods. Our modern diet is much easier on the teeth, which makes the wisdom teeth unnecessary.
Wisdom Teeth Problems
Not only are wisdom teeth unnecessary, but most people's jaw bones are not large enough to accommodate them. This lack of space means that the wisdom teeth may lead to a number of serious problems.
If there is not enough room behind the second molars for the teeth to erupt, they remain trapped beneath bone and tissue, or impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth and partially impacted wisdom teeth can become abscessed, infected, and painful. Poorly positioned third molars can cause damage and decay in adjacent teeth. In some cases, cysts and bone destruction can occur which can cause problems for the patient and damage other teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause dental crowding and orthodontic relapse in patients who have completed orthodontic treatment.
Some of the symptoms that can be caused by wisdom teeth are listed below. Schedule a consultation with your Dallas wisdom teeth expert to find out more about your dental condition.
- Wisdom Tooth pain and swelling
- Jaw pain
- Dental crowding
- Infection and abscess
How Wisdom Tooth Removal Works
During the wisdom tooth removal oral surgery in Dallas, we first make sure that a patient is comfortable. Then, we access the wisdom teeth. In order to do so, we may need to create an incision in the gums. Then, we remove the wisdom teeth as gently as possible. This might mean that we have to break the teeth into pieces. After the teeth are out, we close the incision, and the recovery process begins.
Advances in Wisdom Teeth Removal
One of the biggest fears of patients having wisdom teeth removed is the fear of post-operative discomfort. The most common cause of pain following wisdom tooth extraction, especially in the lower jaw, is a dry socket. A dry socket is not an infection, but the result of an interrupted healing process. In a normal extraction site, a blood clot forms which acts as a matrix for healing of the bone and soft tissues. When a dry socket occurs, this blood clot is lost, leaving the socket open to the oral environment. Healing occurs more slowly, and without the protective blood clot, can be painful. Dry socket occurs in about 20% of lower extraction sites. The cause is non-specific, but most oral surgeons advise patients that dry socket can be caused by smoking, poor oral hygiene and wound care, disturbance of the healing site and even naturally occurring components in a patient’s own anatomy. Some patients are just naturally prone to developing a dry socket.
At Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants, an advanced technique is available in order to help prevent the development of a dry socket and speed the healing process. Using components taken from a patient’s own blood, platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is placed in the tooth socket as a dressing following tooth extraction. This autologous (from a patient’s own body) dressing has been shown to reduce healing time, reduce post-operative discomfort and jump start the healing process by up to three days, instantly. When used in wisdom tooth extraction, the incidence of dry socket is drastically reduced. In addition, the jawbone itself begins to heal more quickly, making recovery easier on the patient.
Used by only a handful of DFW oral surgeons, PRF is considered the cutting edge of advanced oral surgery techniques. Be sure to ask whether adding PRF to your wisdom teeth removal procedure is the best option for you.
Understanding the Cost of Wisdom Tooth Removal
The cost of your surgery will depend on a few factors, including whether you get one or all of your wisdom teeth removed and the complexity of the procedure. When you visit us for a consultation, we will talk to you about the cost of your treatment. Our team is also ready to help you understand your payment options so you can find the best way for fit your procedure into your budget. We also often have special pricing for patients without insurance — be sure to ask us about it!