Gentle Wisdom Teeth Removal in Waxahachie, TX
Have you been feeling intense pain in the back of your mouth? That persistent pain may be a sign of wisdom teeth begging to be removed. Although the idea of getting your wisdom teeth removed can be intimidating it’s often necessary for your smile and overall health.
For some patients leaving wisdom teeth to erupt can cause oral health issues such as infection and facial pain. You may not be able to eat your favorite foods or smile freely.
At Waxahachie Family Dentistry, we can gently and efficiently extract your wisdom teeth before they can cause further oral health complications. Dr. Scott Clinton and our dental team are dedicated to helping you and your family get the best dental care you need in the Dallas area. Learn more about our safe and easy treatment procedure here.
What Are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that usually erupts between the ages of 17 and 25 which is years after adult teeth have erupted. When a wisdom tooth erupts, they often become impacted because there simply isn’t any room for more teeth.
Wisdom teeth removal is usually necessary to prevent constant pain, infection, and dental problems.
Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
These are some of the common signs of impacted wisdom teeth:
- Bad breath
- Facial pain
- Limited jaw function
- Headaches or jaw aches
- Pain or tenderness in the gums and jaw
- Bleeding and inflammation in the gums
If you’re experiencing one of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton at our Waxahachie office at (972) 885-3335 today.
Reasons for Wisdom Teeth Removal
Depending on the patient’s dental needs and situation, we may need to remove some or all of their wisdom teeth. Common reasons for wisdom teeth removal include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Misaligned bite
- Difficulty brushing and flossing teeth
- Damage to vital organs like the heart and lungs
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
During your initial consultation, Dr. Clinton will examine your wisdom teeth to see if it’s necessary to extract them or not. He’ll also look at your other teeth to see if they’ve been damaged. If he deems extraction necessary, he’ll go over everything you need to know in order for you to understand what will happen and how to prepare.
On the day of your procedure, our team will administer the sedation dentistry option you chose so you can relax and remain in a comfortable state of consciousness. After Dr. Clinton makes sure you’re comfortable, he’ll safely and efficiently remove your wisdom tooth by gently separating it from the gum tissue. After ensuring that the tooth is completely removed, he’ll stitch up your gums and you can begin your healing process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
We highly recommend you bring someone you trust to drive you to and from your appointment because it’s not safe to drive after being heavily sedated.
How long does it take to recover from a wisdom tooth extraction?
It can take around one to two weeks to recover from your wisdom teeth extractions, although this timeframe can vary based on your body’s unique physiology, the type of extraction you had performed, and your postoperative habits. During this time, you may experience swelling, bleeding, and discomfort in your mouth and cheeks. Dr. Clinton will recommend using a cold compress for your cheeks and prescribe your over-the-counter medication for any pain or discomfort you might feel.
Visit Waxahachie Family Dentistry Today
We know wisdom teeth can be painfully annoying due to their propensity for causing infection, irritation, and other oral health issues. At Waxahachie Family Dentistry, we’ll be happy to get your wisdom teeth removed so you can continue with your life with a healthy smile and without pain.
If you believe you’re suffering from an impacted wisdom tooth or you want to see if you’re qualified for removal, call our Waxahachie office at (972) 885-3335 to schedule an appointment. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our staff will be happy to assist you. We’re proud to provide service in the surrounding Dallas area such as Red Oak, Midlothian, Maypearl, and Ennis. We look forward to seeing you!