Wisdom tooth extractions in Allen are often viewed as a sort of rite of passage for teens and young adults. Yet, you may still wonder what is involved in this procedure. Read this page to learn more about wisdom tooth removal, why it is often necessary, and what you can expect from this procedure. If you are concerned that it may be time to get your wisdom teeth taken out, contact our team to schedule a consultation.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars at the back of the mouth. They tend to develop well after all the other teeth, when a person is older and “wiser” than they were previously. Most people grow four of them, two on the top and two on the bottom. However, some people have fewer or more. A small percentage of people never develop their wisdom teeth at all.
Wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed. In some cases, they can remain in the mouth for a patient’s lifetime without causing any adverse effects. In other cases, however, they can lead to serious complications. For example, if your mouth is too small to accommodate your wisdom teeth, they can push against the nearby dentition, causing your smile to become misaligned. They may also contribute to the development of cysts, infections, and other issues. Your dentist in Allen will help you determine whether your wisdom teeth should be removed.
If your wisdom teeth have fully erupted from the gumline, extracting them is fairly simply. Dr. Kar will use an elevator to lift each tooth before using forceps to gently remove them from their sockets.
If a tooth is impacted, the procedure is more complex. Dr. Kar invites a specialist into our office to perform this kind of surgery. It may involve making incisions in the gums or breaking a tooth into pieces.
Regardless of which kind of tooth extraction you undergo, you can be confident that our team will do all we can to make you comfortable during your procedure.
It is normal to feel some soreness after wisdom tooth removal. Here are some tips to make your recovery as easy as possible:
Most people will need to undergo a wisdom tooth extraction at some point—it’s largely considered to be a rite of passage. Because of this, there are a lot of questions and myths floating around out there, and we’re going to address both with our answers below. Be sure to read over them, and if there is anything else you would like to ask, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.
No! While not common, sometimes the wisdom teeth come in and don’t cause any problems. When this is the case, we leave them alone. There are millions of people walking around with all of their wisdom teeth right now. During your checkups, we’ll keep an eye on your wisdom teeth so we can identify any complications as they occur. If none ever develop, you won’t need them extracted.
Not necessarily. There are situations where it’s best for a patient to not have all of their wisdom teeth removed during the same procedure. This may depend on how they respond to anesthetic (some patients don’t go numb like others, so there wouldn’t be time to take out all 4) and whether all of the wisdom teeth are actually causing problems. Also, it might be best to wait a little bit and let some of the wisdom teeth start to come in before removing them because they will be in a better position that allows for a more conservative procedure.
The perfect time to remove wisdom teeth is different for each patient. Typically, we recommend an extraction as soon as they start to cause problems or look like they will in the near future. For most people, the timing tends to be around their late teens or early twenties. At your checkups, we’ll take X-rays of your wisdom teeth and will suggest they be removed at the optimal time so we can minimize any problems they might cause and ensure a smooth treatment.
Most dental plans do include coverage for a wisdom tooth extraction if it is medically necessary (and it is in 99% of cases). The amount of coverage can vary from plan to plan, but it tends to hover around 50% of the procedure since it is an advanced restorative treatment. We’ll go over your benefits with you before the procedure so you have a clear idea of your financial commitment. If needed, we can discuss financing as well to make it even more affordable.