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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth removal, also known as third molar extraction, is one of the most common surgical procedures performed world-wide. These teeth typically emerge during the late teenage years or early adulthood. However, they often cause problems due to insufficient space in the mouth, improper alignment, or their tendency to become impacted (trapped beneath the gum line).

The primary purpose of wisdom teeth removal is to address potential complications and prevent oral health issues. By removing these problematic teeth, we can alleviate pain, reduce the risk of infection and inflammation, and prevent damage to adjacent teeth and surrounding structures.

Why do I need my wisdom teeth removed?

By removing wisdom teeth, we can avoid the following potential concerns:

  • Impaction: Wisdom teeth often don’t have enough space to fully erupt properly in the mouth. When they become trapped or partially emerge through the gumline, they are considered impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection, and other dental problems.
  • Crowding: Wisdom teeth can exert pressure on adjacent teeth as they try to erupt, leading to crowding or shifting of the surrounding teeth. This can result in misalignment or orthodontic issues.
  • Infection or Gum Disease: Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, which can make them difficult to clean properly. This makes them more susceptible to infection, gum disease (periodontal disease), and cavities. Infections can cause pain, swelling, and discomfort.
  • Cysts or Tumors: In some cases, cysts or tumors may develop around impacted wisdom teeth. These growths can cause damage to the surrounding bone and tissue and may require surgical removal.
  • Decay or Damage: Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, which can make them difficult to clean thoroughly. This can result in a higher risk of tooth decay and damage to neighboring teeth.
Dr. Hastings reviews an xray with her wisdom tooth patient

The procedure begins with a thorough evaluation of your oral health, including X-rays, to determine the position and condition of your wisdom teeth. If removal is recommended, we will discuss the specifics of the procedure, addressing any concerns you may have.

During the actual extraction, our skilled oral surgeon will administer local or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the process. Incisions may be made in the gum tissue to access the impacted wisdom teeth. The teeth are then carefully removed, sometimes in sections, and the incisions are sutured closed. You will be closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.

A patient manages pain after wisdom tooth removal

Following the extraction, a period of recovery is necessary. You may experience some swelling, discomfort, and possible mild bleeding for a few days. Our team will provide you with detailed instructions for post-operative care, including pain management techniques, proper oral hygiene practices, and dietary restrictions. It is important to follow these instructions closely to promote healing and minimize the risk of complications.

The recovery period typically lasts about a week, although individual healing times may vary. During this time, it is important to rest, avoid strenuous activities, and maintain good oral hygiene as directed. If any concerns arise, such as excessive bleeding, severe pain, or signs of infection, it is crucial to contact our office promptly.

Wisdom teeth removal is an effective and proactive measure to maintain your oral health and prevent future problems. By addressing the potential complications associated with wisdom teeth, we aim to provide you with lasting relief and preserve the integrity of your smile.

We invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss Wisdom Teeth further

Our experienced Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will address any concerns you may have, explain the procedure in more detail, and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Northeast Texas Patient Reviews for Wisdom Teeth Removal

At 34 years old, I had put off having my wisdom teeth pulled until I just couldn't delay anymore. I was dreading the procedure after having heard horror stories from so many people, especially those older than 30! Dr. Hastings did a FANTASTIC job with my procedure! The procedure was painless, and I woke quickly from the anesthesia with no side effects. I had very minimal pain afterwards (was able to control with ibuprofen and Tylenol), and I had no swelling (I used ice packs for the first 36 hours, which I'm sure helped). The anxiety and stress leading up to my procedure was much, much worse than the actual surgery! Again, I highly recommend Dr. Hastings and the staff at OMS!

I’m not the type to leave recommendations but if I could I would leave a 100 for the care I received. In the Texarkana location & the Paris location. The staff from the front desk ladies to the x-Ray techs to the scheduling ladies. They were all very nice, very informative & made sure I felt comfortable. Dr Burks did my wisdom teeth plus 2 other teeth & placed 2 implants all at one time. He & the staff was very sweet helped me out to the car (where my husband was waiting for me) they gave me extra gauze. Dr Burks called me the night after my surgery at 8pm (after hours) to check on me and make sure I was okay & to see if I had any questions. The best care I have ever received. Thank y’all so much.

Dr. Legan was so kind throughout the whole process. I was an absolute nervous wreck and his kindness helped to calm my nerves! I don’t remember much after waking up, but my parents said I repeatedly said how kind he was. I would 10 out 10 recommend him to anyone! The work up girl was even so kind to help talk me anxiety away! She was too sweet, I wish I would’ve got her name to give her the credit she deserves!

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