Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are a set of teeth that typically make their appearance in the late teens or early twenties. However, their arrival is not always a cause for celebration. In many cases, these teeth become impacted, meaning they do not have enough room to emerge properly or are positioned at odd angles. When this happens, wisdom teeth removal becomes necessary.
The most common signs of impacted wisdom teeth include gum tenderness, swelling and discomfort. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to more serious issues such as tooth decay, recurrent infections and gum disease. This makes it crucial to remove your wisdom teeth before they can cause any significant problems for your oral health.
Dr. Quang Luong often recommends wisdom teeth extraction during the late teens or early twenties for a couple of key reasons. First, at this age, the roots of these teeth have not yet fully developed, making extraction easier and less painful. Second, the bone surrounding the wisdom teeth tends to be less dense, which also simplifies the removal process and speeds up recovery.
The extraction procedure itself involves numbing the area with a local anesthetic. In cases where the tooth is still beneath the gums and embedded in the jawbone, a portion of the covering bone may need to be removed. Our dentist may also choose to section the wisdom tooth to facilitate its removal through a small bone opening.
After the extraction, the healing process begins, and the duration of recovery can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. Our dentist will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to ensure a comfortable and efficient healing process.
To learn more about wisdom teeth removal in Temple, Texas, and schedule an appointment at Care Dental Spa, give us a call at 254-773-0055.