Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Alice, TX
Removing Unnecessary Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last molars or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaws. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20, and they are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. However, many dental patients experience serious complications as a result of these additional teeth. This is why we are pleased to provide wisdom tooth extractions in our Alice, TX dental office. If you or your teenager needs help to diagnose and remove these teeth, call us today.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Care of South Texas for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?
- Different Types of Sedation Available
- Team That Simply Cares About You
- Comfortable, State-of-the-Art Facility
When is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Really Necessary?
When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only partway through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. In these cases, it is necessary that our team remove the teeth to prevent further damage to your smile. Infections, cysts, and damage to nearby healthy tooth structures can be a reality, but with the appropriate treatment, your oral health can remain unaffected.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Once your wisdom teeth are removed, you’ll be instructed to return home and get plenty of rest. Because the anesthetic will take time to wear off, you’ll need someone to escort you from your appointment. It is recommended that you take a pain reliever before the anesthesia wears off so that your discomfort will be minimal. You can also opt to use an ice pack in 20-minute intervals.
A liquid diet will be necessary for the first few days; however, you can transition to softer foods after the second day. This process will continue until your mouth feels less uncomfortable and capable of chewing.
You should be mindful of maintaining your oral health during this time and avoiding the use of a straw. Sipping, spitting, or vigorous rinsing can cause a dry socket to form and cause serious pain as well as increase the risk of infection.