Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Murphy, TX
We Remove Pesky Wisdom Teeth Safely & Comfortably
While most of our permanent teeth have come in by early adolescence, certain teeth don't begin erupting until somewhere between the ages of 15 and 25. These teeth are commonly known as the wisdom teeth. They're also known as the third molars because of their shape and because they erupt at the very back of the mouth.
Despite developing naturally, our modern jaws don't actually have enough room to accommodate these teeth. As a result, allowing them to erupt can lead to a range of serious complications. The two most common are crowding and impaction. For these reasons, we typically recommend preventive wisdom tooth extractions in Murphy, TX.
Why Choose Murphy Family Dentistry for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?
- Sedation Dentistry Available
- 3D Cone Beam Imaging For Precise Diagnostics
- Highly Experienced & Dedicated Dentists
What Are Crowded & Impacted Teeth?
When crowding occurs, existing teeth are pushed out of their correct position, creating alignment issues. Crowding can also lead to a greater risk of gum disease, in addition to the development of cysts or tumors. These complications can all lead to a lifetime of dental trouble.
In other cases, your wisdom teeth may try erupting in whatever direction they can: sideways, vertically, backwards, or forwards. When they get stuck, this is known as impaction. Bony impaction is when your wisdom teeth become stuck while still encased in the jaw. Soft tissue impaction occurs when they become stuck just before erupting through the gums.
Advanced Care at Murphy Family Dentistry
Having an extraction procedure completed may not sound like a lot of fun, but our experienced team will make your visit as comfortable as possible at our Murphy dental office. If you have any questions or concerns, we'll be happy to address them. If you're experiencing wisdom tooth pain, please contact our dental office for a free consultation. For your comfort, we offer sedation dentistry.
Wisdom Tooth FAQs
Dr. Najari has years of experience in the dental field and has helped many patients find relief from the pain and inconvenience of impacted wisdom teeth. When the time comes for your own wisdom tooth extraction, we don’t want a lack of knowledge or confidence to stop you from completing the procedure. Below are some of the most common questions that we hear about wisdom teeth; if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, schedule a consultation with us today!
Do Wisdom Teeth Always Need to Be Removed?
Some people mistakenly think that wisdom teeth have to be extracted no matter what, but there are rare cases where it’s possible to leave them where they are without putting the rest of the mouth at risk. You may be able to keep your wisdom teeth if they have enough room to erupt properly and can be thoroughly cleaned with regular brushing and flossing practices. However, an extraction will definitely be required if the tooth is impacted or starts to crowd the other teeth. Regular checkups at Murphy Family Dentistry allow us to evaluate your wisdom teeth and determine ahead of time whether they are likely to cause complications.
What are the Signs That Wisdom Tooth Extraction is Necessary?
It takes a professional eye to decide whether or not it’s time for wisdom teeth to come out, but there are a few warning signs that you might be able to notice on your own. Call us immediately if you notice:
- Swollen or bleeding gums that might indicate impacted wisdom teeth.
- Pain or irritation, especially located near the back of the mouth.
- Cysts (fluid-filled sacs) forming around the teeth.
- Difficulty biting and chewing your food.
- Teeth that have started to become crooked or crowded.
- Cavities, inflamed gums, and other oral health issues near the back of the mouth.
- Frequent sinus pain, pressure, headaches, and congestion.
Do Wisdom Tooth Extractions Hurt?
Our practice offers three different forms of dental sedation – nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV – that can put you in a relaxed state where you’ll experience little, if any, pain. Your mouth will also be appropriately numbed to minimize discomfort during the treatment itself. During the recovery period, you’ll likely need to use pain medications to keep yourself as comfortable as possible. We might prescribe some medication for you, or you might be able to use an over-the-counter brand.
What is Recovery Like After a Wisdom Tooth Procedure?
The estimated recovery time after extraction is usually around 7 to 10 days, although it might be longer or shorter depending on your particular situation. Avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours; after that, you can brush as normal, but be careful around the extraction area. Your initial diet after an extraction should mainly consist of water, apple juice, and other clear liquids before following up with a dairy base in the form of ice cream or yogurt. Afterwards, you should stick to soft foods like mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for the next few days.