Wisdom Tooth Removals – Dallas, TX
Care That's Safe
Getting your wisdom teeth removed can be scary for a lot of patients. Texas Wisdom understands this and makes every effort to put you at ease and make you feel comfortable. At our oral surgery office, our team of professional dental assistants are specially trained to provide for your physical and emotional comfort as well as your safety. For extraction of wisdom teeth, our Dallas oral surgeons provide personalized patient care with genuine concern and compassion. Soon enough, you’ll have a healthy smile free of problematic wisdom teeth! To schedule your next appointment or ask us additional questions about wisdom tooth removals in Dallas, TX, please give our oral surgery office a call today.
Do I Need Wisdom
Your dentist might recommend a consultation with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, like Dr. Wendling, in order to determine whether there is any disease present in your third molars. Some problems with wisdom teeth are only visible on an x-ray and problems can exist without any wisdom tooth pain or symptoms. Our surgeons will do an examination and provide a diagnosis and plan for treatment if you need it. Some patients have wisdom teeth which are causing no problems with their dental health and have no disease or pathology. If our surgeons diagnose a disease in the third molars, they will recommend a wisdom tooth removal procedure.
What Should I Expect
Once a diagnosis has been made and our surgeons have recommended the removal of your third molars, they will review a plan for the surgical procedure with you. You will receive important information about your diagnosis, the wisdom tooth removal procedure, how you should prepare for the surgery and how you should prepare for your recovery time at home.
On the day you arrive for your surgery, you will be greeted by a team member who will get you prepared for the procedure. You will be asked to read and sign a consent form for surgery; afterwards you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and verify your treatment. It is essential to have all of your concerns addressed prior to having your treatment performed. Your safety and comfort are extremely important. You will be monitored carefully throughout your surgery and recovery period while in the oral surgery office. Our doctors and dental assistants are all specially trained for IV general anesthesia and have undergone additional training and certification for Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
Can I Have Dental Sedation
with My Treatment?
Yes! Once you are asleep under IV general anesthesia, your wisdom tooth removal procedure will be performed. You will sleep comfortably through the entire procedure and wake up without pain due to the local anesthesia injections you receive while asleep. The procedure itself is very simple and painless for you and recovery from the anesthesia is short. Within minutes of the completion of your surgery, you will be awake, talking and likely even walking around. Most patients are ready to go home shortly after the surgery is over.
Wisdom Teeth Removal FAQs
Removing wisdom teeth is a fairly routine dental implant procedure that a skilled oral surgeon like Dr. Wendling has plenty of experience performing. As such, we’re used to patients coming to us with questions about the procedure and what they can expect. If there’s anything you’d like to know about wisdom teeth or the extraction process, we want to hear about it! Below, you can find the answers to some of the questions that we’ve often received from patients over the years.
When is a Wisdom Tooth Removal Not Required?
Obviously, you won’t need a wisdom tooth extraction if you don’t have any wisdom teeth. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but a few don’t have any at all. In the event that you do have wisdom teeth, you might be able to keep them if:
- They are able to break through the gums successfully.
- They are properly positioned and aren’t crowding other teeth.
- They are not causing any pain or other oral health issues.
- You are able to reach them well enough in order to thoroughly brush and floss them.
If we find that your wisdom teeth are able to function properly without causing any issues, then we won’t recommend an extraction.
Are Wisdom Teeth More Difficult to Remove Than Normal Teeth?
Yes. For starters, impacted wisdom teeth tend to be at an angle, which can complicate the removal process. Sometimes they even have to be divided into smaller sections before they can be taken out of your mouth. The wisdom tooth’s anatomy also has to be taken into account. Because wisdom teeth tend to have multiple roots that can be shaped in a variety of ways, an irregular root chape or curvature can make removal more difficult. Also, when removing teeth from the lower jaw, we have to account for how close the teeth in question are to the underlying nerves.
Will Having My Wisdom Teeth Removed Hurt?
Your mouth will be numbed for the extraction procedure, so you shouldn’t experience any pain during the treatment. We can also administer IV sedation to help you relax to the point where you may not even remember the treatment afterwards. Once the treatment is complete, you will experience some mild discomfort while your mouth recovers. The pain should fade as time passes, and you can easily manage it with pain relievers and ice packs.
How Long Will It Take to Fully Recover from Wisdom Teeth Removal?
Recovery time is often around 2 weeks. Blood clots form to protect the exposed sockets during the first 24 hours; it’s important to avoid anything that could potentially dislodge these clots and cause a painful dry socket. Swelling should have significantly reduced after 2 to 3 days. After 7 to 10 days, jaw stiffness and soreness should have gone away, and any bruising that occurred should heal after 2 weeks. Everyone heals at different rates, but if your symptoms don’t seem to go away or grow worse as time passes, call immediately.