Get Pain Relief & Prevent Complications
If your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, you may need to have them removed to protect your mouth and get relief from your pain. At Pflugerville Family Dentistry, Dr. Chris Mun can help patients from Round Rock, Hutto, or anywhere else in North Austin. To learn more about wisdom tooth extraction, schedule an appointment at our office today.
The Basics of Wisdom Teeth
The wisdom teeth are our final set of four molars. They are a natural part of our mouths. However, they come in much later than the rest of our teeth. You’ll have all of your adult teeth by the age of 13, but wisdom teeth usually don’t come in until the ages of 17-25.
But while the wisdom teeth are a natural part of our mouths, many people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate a set of 4 more large rear molars. This is particularly true of patients who have had orthodontic work to correct their smiles.
Because of this, the wisdom teeth can often cause a lot of dental complications when they start to come in. It’s common for one or more of your wisdom teeth to become “impacted” and not emerge completely from the gums. This can increase your risk of a tooth infection, and cause pain and discomfort.
More rarely, wisdom teeth can grow in crooked or sideways, damaging your other teeth. If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to grow in properly, it’s usually a good idea to simply have them removed.
How Do I Know If I Need a Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
Wisdom teeth extractions are not always necessary. If you have enough room in your mouth and your wisdom teeth erupt properly, it’s likely that you can keep them with no negative effects on your oral health. However, there are some signs that you may want to look out for if you think your wisdom teeth may not be erupting properly.
You may feel pain and sensitivity in one or more of your rear teeth, or notice inflammation of the gums near the wisdom teeth. This can indicate the beginning of a tooth infection. You may also begin to feel pain and stiffness in your jaw, which is a sure sign of a problem.
As a rule, it’s a good idea to contact a dentist in Pflugerville, like Dr. Chris Mun, if you feel any kind of pain or discomfort in your rear teeth. He can assess your mouth, examine your wisdom teeth, and determine if they need to be extracted.
What Can I Expect From Wisdom Tooth Extraction?
For fully-erupted wisdom teeth, the process is known as a basic extraction. Dr. Mun will clean and numb your mouth. Then, he’ll use special dental tools to loosen the tooth in its socket and pull it out. The process takes only about 5 minutes.
For impacted teeth, the process is a bit more complex. Dr. Chris Mun will need to make an incision into your gum, cut the tooth into pieces, and remove it piece-by-piece. Once the entire tooth structure has been extracted, the area will be disinfected, cleaned, and sewn shut, completing the procedure.