Wisdom Teeth Extractions in The Woodlands, TX
Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are the very last teeth to emerge into your natural adult smile, usually erupting when a patient is between the ages of 16 and 21. Because of the lack of available space, it’s common for wisdom teeth to cause potentially serious problems that affect oral health and overall wellbeing. At Bear Branch Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kelly LeBlanc and Dr. Virgil Gutierrez keep a close eye on the development of wisdom teeth for younger patients and possibly recommend extraction if findings suggest there’s trouble ahead. Please contact our The Woodlands, TX practice today to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one who’s in need of assistance.
Do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?
There are several problems that arise during the eruption of a patient’s wisdom teeth. They grow in at incorrect angles, sometimes even horizontally. They may only partially emerge or not emerge at all from the gumline, leading to them becoming impacted. Sometimes, partial eruptions even cause passageways that attract bacteria and possible infection. Our team uses digital X-ray technology to determine the precise location of wisdom teeth and whether early extraction is the right choice to better protect oral health.
There are some cases where wisdom teeth can be allowed to remain and thrive within a natural smile. They would need to be healthy, positioned correctly, and fully erupted. Patients also need to be capable of keeping wisdom teeth clean with regular oral hygiene, which can be tricky given their difficult-to-reach location within the mouth.
The Extraction Process
If Dr. LeBlanc or Dr. Gutierrez determines that extraction is necessary, our team is sure to handle the procedure as smoothly and safely as possible.Sedation dentistry options are available to ensure your comfort as well. Following the procedure, some swelling and bleeding may occur. This is perfectly normal. We recommend pain medication when needed, and these symptoms lessen and stop altogether as days pass by.