There are some instances when the position of your wisdom tooth roots may make removal imprudent. Surgery may also not be recommended because of a certain health problems. In such cases, your dentist may recommend:
- Medications – To control symptoms and treat infections
- Close follow-up – Involves regular exams and x-rays to check for signs of complications
- Minor surgery – Sometimes, a procedure such as operculectomy, or the removal of gum tissue overlapping the tooth, may be preferable
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Wisdom Teeth Removal by Austin, TX Professionals
Wisdom tooth removal is a surgical procedure to extract one or more of your wisdom teeth – the third molars located at the back corners of your much that erupt into the mouth any time after the age of 16.
Why Wisdom Tooth Removal is Necessary
The fact that the wisdom teeth are the last ones to come out usually means that there is likely to be insufficient room in the mouth for them to grow into, causing them to come in abnormally. When this happens, the teeth are said to be “impacted”. The teeth can be impacted forwards into the tooth in front or backwards into the jawbone. An impacted wisdom tooth can cause a variety of problems. This often means that it is best to remove the tooth.
Common problems include:
- Food packing – getting stuck – causing decay in either the wisdom tooth or tooth in front.
- Repeated attacks of infection in the gum surrounding the tooth, resulting in pain and swelling.
- Round swellings or cysts that form around the wisdom tooth when fluid fills the sack that usually surrounds a developing wisdom tooth – caused by improper eruption.
When should you see a dentist?
It is important that you make an appointment to see our Austin wisdom tooth removal dentists when you start experiencing discomfort or severe pain from your wisdom teeth. During the consultation, the dentist will check your teeth and advice you on whether or not extraction is necessary. Before extraction, an X-ray of your mouth is necessary to provide a better view of the position of your teeth.
In some cases, your oral surgeon may recommend removing the wisdom teeth even when you have no symptoms. This is because the roots of your wisdom teeth mature with age, becoming more firmly anchored to the bone. This makes removal more difficult, increases the risk of complication, and slows down healing (people naturally heal slower as they age).