Wisdom Teeth Extractions in
Houston, TX

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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston

Preparing for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom teeth extraction is one of the most popular oral surgeries performed today. For most, it is commonly the first oral surgery that they will undergo. Because wisdom tooth extraction is almost always performed as an outpatient procedure, the patient will be going home the same day. As with any significant procedure, there are some good steps to take before the surgery to ensure that everything goes as smoothly and comfortably as possible.

Good Questions to Ask Your Dentist or Surgeon

  • How many wisdom teeth need to be removed?
  • Will I need local anesthesia (which numbs only your mouth and jaw) or sedation anesthesia (which makes you unconscious)?
  • How complicated do you expect the procedure to be?
  • How long should it last?
  • Have the wisdom teeth already caused damage to other teeth? What other procedure may be needed after the extraction in the foreseeable future?
  • What are the risks? Is there a risk of nerve damage?
  • How long should it take to heal?

Preparing for the Surgery

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. You will be under sedation during the surgery and not in proper condition to drive.
  • Do not eat anything in the 12 hours preceding the surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You’re going to be there for a while, and you don’t want to feel itchy or uncomfortable.
  • Remove watches and bracelets.
  • Talk to your dentist or surgeon beforehand about your medications, if you are on any. Most maintenance medications for things such as diabetes, thyroid, and high blood pressure will still need to be taken on time as usual.
  • Relax.

The Risks of Keeping Wisdom Teeth

Getting wisdom teeth removed seems almost like a routine procedure these days. Many parents get their kids’ wisdom teeth removed before sending them off to college, and it feels just like a common shared experience among the recent generations. This modern-day rite of passage isn’t a new invention, though: wisdom teeth have always caused complications for patients of all ages. So what exactly are the details behind this seemingly “necessary” surgery?

First of all, what exactly are wisdom teeth? They are the teeth that are farthest away from the dental arch and as a result come in last, if they ever come out, or erupt, at all. Typically, people start noticing them between the ages of 17-25.

So what’s the problem? Well, few people have the perfect jaw structure and space for wisdom teeth to erupt cleanly and harmlessly. Typically what we see is that only a part of the wisdom tooth will peek out, or it will be impacted (see image) and put pressure on surrounding teeth, which can result in pain or shifting. Without the whole tooth erupting, it is difficult to keep the tooth clean. Bacteria and plaque can easily get into the crevices and between the gums and the teeth, resulting in infection or cavities. The point of extraction, then, is to remove these teeth before or as soon as they start having problems, and because it’s so likely that wisdom teeth will cause complications, many patients often opt to remove them.

What happens if I keep them? Dental cleaning is absolutely critical for those who decide to keep them in. Make sure you reach back there every time you brush your teeth and get dental cleanings and X-rays often to make sure your wisdom teeth and the surrounding areas are healthy. This task is easy if your wisdom teeth fully erupt.

Care After Wisdom Teeth Removal

WE ARE OFTEN ASKED questions about wisdom tooth extraction and how to best care for your teeth and mouth after surgery. As your trusted dental practice, we’re here to calm your fears and address your concerns!

Steps To Take To Promote Healing

There are several reasons why people may need to get their wisdom teeth removed. Here are some things you can do after the procedure to facilitate healing:

  • Rest. Rest for the remainder of the day after surgery and as needed after that. Avoid strenuous activity for at least a week.
  • Eat soft foods. For the first 24 hours, eat only soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream, or applesauce. Broth-based soups without many chunks are good to eat 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Avoid chewy or hard foods for 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Drink water. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and hot beverages in the first 24 to 48 hours.

Prevent Dry Socket

After wisdom teeth removal, preventing dry socket is important. When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot forms to protect the bones and nerves underneath. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot is dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves. This condition can be avoided if the proper precautions are taken after tooth extraction.

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