Wisdom Teeth Extractions in San Antonio
Between the ages of 17 and 25, a third set of molars begins to erupt, known as the wisdom teeth. As the last teeth to appear, many people do not have enough jaw space to accommodate all 32 teeth. This often causes complications. Decreased jaw space can cause the wisdom teeth to become impacted or cause overcrowding with the other teeth. When the teeth do not come in correctly, we often recommend wisdom tooth removal. At San Antonio Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, we perform wisdom teeth extractions in San Antonio.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
More than 5 million people need to have their wisdom teeth removed each year for various reasons. Among the most common reason occurs when they become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are those that are partially or completely hidden within the gum or trapped in the bone. If they are not removed, it can cause a cyst to develop, which can damage the roots of the teeth and supporting bone.
In addition, the teeth may need removed when they are not properly aligned, such as if they are tipped or rotated. In some cases, they can cause issues with the other teeth as well. When the jaw cannot support another set of molars, it can place pressure on the other teeth. This can result in misalignment as the teeth shift out of place from the pressure. This added pressure can also damage the teeth. If they are not removed, you have an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease because the teeth become more difficult to clean.
The American Dental Association recommends the teeth are extracted when there is pain, repeat infections, or cysts develop. In addition, removal is suggested when extensive tooth decay, gum disease or damage to nearby teeth occurs.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure
You should have an initial wisdom tooth consultation during your teen years; however, it is never too late to schedule an appointment, especially if you are experiencing complications. During your consultation, a thorough examination is performed, which includes images to see the exact placement of the teeth. If it is decided you need your wisdom teeth removed, a comprehensive treatment plan is created.
Contrary to popular belief, not all wisdom tooth extractions in San Antonio require surgery. However, there are times surgery is needed, such as if the teeth are impacted. Depending on the reason for the extraction, your treatment process will vary.
If you have extensive overcrowding or impacted wisdom teeth, surgical extraction is best. Anesthesia is used to allow the gum tissue to be opened to expose the tooth. The gum and alveolar bone tissue are removed from the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed in pieces. After the tooth is removed, gauze is applied to let a blood clot form. You will need to follow strict aftercare instructions to prevent complications, such as infection and dry socket.
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort from your wisdom teeth, contact San Antonio Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates today to schedule a consultation.