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Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston TX
Are your wisdom teeth causing you pain and discomfort? Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that assists to eliminate the pain caused by problematic wisdom tooth development. If left in place, difficult wisdom teeth can cause severe pain, infections and serious damage to the surrounding jawbone and teeth.
What is the Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth, or third and final molars, are the four last teeth to erupt, generally coming in between ages 16 and 21 sometimes because the jawbone is not fully grown to its adult size during the late teen years hence, the jaw is often too small to accommodate the new wisdom teeth comfortably. Because of this, the development of wisdom teeth commonly causes pain and discomfort and can lead to much more serious issues that require wisdom teeth removal procedure or Oral Surgery later.
Do I Need to Get My Wisdom Teeth Out?
Depending on the size of an individuals jaw and how his or her wisdom teeth develops, he/she may not experience any issues with a wisdom teeth. The best way to determine whether a person requires wisdom teeth removal or not is to visit a Dentist Office, keem smile dentistry Houston. Our Dentists will be able to review your dental history, take x-rays, and examine the general health of your mouth as well as the condition of your wisdom teeth. If the Dentist detect any issues with an individuals wisdom teeth, surgery may be recommended to have them removed. Early removal is generally the best option as it helps to avoid more serious issues in the future.
It is thus important to discuss the wisdom teeth removal procedure, risks, possible complications and outcomes with our Dentist. Most of the time, wisdom teeth removal is done in house/Office but sometimes cases are referred out to an oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth do not usually cause a problem when impacted but sometimes they do. For that reason, we may recommend extraction for prevention. If you decide not to proceed with the wisdom teeth removal procedure, ensure they are monitored before they do start hurting. Pain medication will not stop pain from wisdom teeth impaction nor will antibiotics prevent an impacted teeth from damaging the adjacent one.
When to have a Wisdom Tooth Removed
Wisdom teeth can cause serious issues and severe pain so if a problem is detected with the development of wisdom tooth, it is advised to have it removed as soon as possible. Below are the most common reasons for undergoing a wisdom teeth removal procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Removal Due to Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is damage that occurs when germs (bacteria) in the mouth make acids that eat away the tooth structure and leads to a hole in the tooth, called a cavity. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss If the wisdom teeth is impacted, saliva, bacteria and food can accumulate around it, causing decay to the wisdom tooth or the tooth in front of it
Wisdom Tooth Removal Due to Gum Infection
Gum over impacted wisdom teeth can get infected from food particles that get lodged in the tiny space around them and this can cause severe pain that can be worsened by opposing tooth pressing on it when chewing (Pericoronitis).This is characterized by red and swollen gums that bleed easily while brushing. Patients May also have difficulty chewing or to open mouth fully.
Tooth Impaction is defined as a failure of the eruption of a tooth to its normal functioning position in the dental arch within expected period of time. When a wisdom tooth develops, it can cause a lot of pressure against the other teeth in the mouth as they try to make room. This can cause severe pressure pain and it can also damage adjacent teeth over time.
Patients Seeking to undergo an orthodontic treatment, sometimes require teeth removal Procedure among which is the wisdom teeth. This needed before the braces are placed because the wisdom teeth can compromise the results by moving the teeth out of place or when their is not enough space for the teeth in the mouth arch, a condition know as tooth crowding.
Wisdom Teeth Removal Procedure
Here is an outline of what to expect during a wisdom teeth removal procedure:
- The Dentist will use either local anaesthesia alone or plus oral sedation to numb the mouth and/or suppress patients consciousness during the surgery.
- An incision will be made in the gum to expose the tooth and bone
- If any bone is blocking access to the tooth, it will be removed with a bur.
- If the tooth is difficult to remove, it may be divided into several pieces
- The tooth is removed
- The extraction site is cleaned and any remaining debris is removed
- The site is stitched up if required for healing
- A gauze is placed over the site to control any bleeding and assist the formation of a blood clot.
The Average cost of a Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston TX is $200, but this only an average it does not necessarily mean all wisdom teeth extractions costs exactly this. The cost could be higher and it could be lower it all depends on a number of factors. It is best to get an X-ray for the Dentist to examine the wisdom teeth first after which you can get much more accurate estimate for your wisdom teeth removal and you can avoid any surprise billings.
Financing Options for Wisdom Tooth Removal
We offer multiple payment options in a bid to make payment and the overall Dental experience a pleasant one. Event though we are affordable and our prices are low cost. We understand sometimes, patients do not have the cash at hand to make the payment for the services required there and then. Sometimes you have to wait out the pay period but tooth ache or whatever Dental Emergency you have does not really understand.
Hence, we accept multiple forms of payment including credit cards to enable our patients make payments with their bank at no additional charges. We also accept Health and savings card. We do offer Third party financing like Care credit that would provide funding for qualified patients at 0% interest rate for 6 Month – 12 months Same as cash. Be sure to contact our office and we can discuss better whatever options we have to help you, we work with our patients
PPO insurance accepted
Keem Smile Dentistry is an In Network Dental Provider with dental insurance Carriers like Cigna, MetLife, Delta Dental and many more. We only accept PPO Plans and will file insurance claims as a convenience to you. We offer in network pricing as set by your Dental insurance provider ad we will work with you to understand your coverage and benefits so as to utilize your benefits optimally.
Post Operative Care Wisdom teeth removal
If a patient has received local anaesthesia, She/he given a brief amount of time to recover in the dental chair before heading home. If the patient was sedated, She/He will be required to have a friend or relative drive Her/Him home as it is dangerous to drive under sedation. Patients may also be prescribed medication to manage the pain. After the wisdom tooth extraction, it is important to follow the dentist’s advice. Following the instructions will promote faster healing and avoid any complications:
- Not disturbing the wound, by avoiding touching the site and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth for the first 24 hours
- Not smoking, as this can encourage bleeding
- Not spitting or using a straw, as this can dislodge the blood clot and cause a dry socket
- Using sterile gauze pads to control the bleeding and promote clot development
- Using a cold pack to reduce swelling
- Avoiding strenuous activities for a week after the procedure
- Avoiding alcohol for 24 hours after surgery
- Eating soft foods and avoiding hot beverages and spicy foods for a few days after surgery.
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Frequently Asked Questions Wisdom Teeth Removal
Can you remove only one wisdom teeth ?
Yes you can remove just one wisdom teeth at a time. It should be noted that Dentist do not just recommend that you get your wisdom teeth out there is always a reason to remove them. If the Dentist feels like you only need one out, you can pull just that one.
Can I Drive after having a Wisdom Teeth Removed
The only time you’ll need someone to drive you after wisdom tooth extraction is when you have being sedated IV or Oral Sedation. Most wisdom teeth extractions don’t require a sedation and can be performed under local anesthesia alone. This means afterwards, you should be able to drive home without any problems
How is wisdom teeth removed ?
Well, this varies depending on the condition of the tooth. If the tooth is not fully erupted through the gum line, the dentist might have to make a small incision to the gum to get access to the tooth and if it is covered by done, that would also need to be removed. If it is a fully erupted wisdom teeth then there wouldn’t be any need to cut the gum. Using an Elevator and forceps the Dentist will pull the tooth out. You will feel some pressure when the doctor rocks the tooth back and forth to widen the socket to pull the tooth out but this would not hurt as you will already be numb. Sometimes, the Dentist will need to cut the tooth into small pieces to be able to easily remove it usually if the tooth is impacted and cannot be removed as a whole
Hows many days off school/work do you need for wisdom teeth
You may not have to take a day off from work or school for a wisdom tooth removal that was minimally invasive and the surgery went very smoothly. This is most common for when the wisdom teeth is a simple extraction. You will also be prescribed some pain medication to help you handle the discomfort in your mouth so life would go on normally because everything is being managed and there is strict adherence to post op instructions. Speaking of discomfort, or major surgery like impacted wisdom teeth, that might require some cutting and removal of bone or instances where there might be some swelling. 2 days is most often the average recovery time for when an individual will be able to go back to work because by then bleeding would have stopped and clots would have formed and any swelling would have started to subside. Also, depending on the kind of work that you do, do you lift anything heavy at work or do a lot of talking patients are advised to not do anything strenuous and in the case of a student no athletics or gym classes. When you come in for your wisdom teeth consultation, the Dentist would let you know of possible complications and that would inform you of how much rest would you need after the wisdom teeth removal process
Can you talk after wisdom tooth extraction
Yes you will be able to talk and communicate normally after wisdom tooth extraction. Since the wound is at the back of your mouth where it is away from the movement of your tongue such that talking does not disrupt the wound. You might have some speech impairment while the anesthesia is still in effect but your speech would return to normal once that wears out. Talking for long hours is continuously is however not recommended to avoid unforeseeable complications. you want to let your mouth heal without too much disruption
Do i need to have my wisdom teeth removed
Wisdom teeth removal is not a must for everybody. Having a wisdom teeth is not a disease. There are certain conditions or factors that Dentist would usually evaluate before they decide if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed or if you can keep them. Because the wisdom teeth is usually the last teeth to erupt, sometimes it doesn’t align properly and that sometimes poses some risk to the other teeth most especially the adjacent ones. other times you might need to have them removed to make space in your mouth if your teeth are overcrowded. It should also be noted that that mostly do not need your wisdom teeth as you would able to function properly without them so it’s perfectly safe to get them removed if the Dentist sees a potential for damage in the future
How long does wisdom teeth removal take
Depending on the condition of the tooth, is it decayed to the gum line, is it impacted and the level of impaction and of the tooth course and the skill and experience of the Dentist, wisdom teeth removal for a single tooth can be as fast as 30 Seconds and it could last as long as 1 hour for a single tooth. so it just depends
Is wisdom teeth removal painful
No! Wisdom teeth removal is not a painful procedure. Thanks to anesthesia and Sedation. Local anesthesia is administered for patients to numb the mouth so you would nut feel any kind of pain while the procedure is being done.
Occasionally, you might feel some tingle during the procedure, simply inform your Dentist you can still feel and they will add some more anesthesia. This is because everybody is different. some patients would require only a small dose to get numb some would require much more but this is only in a very few exceptional cases. For patients who are generally nervous, Nitrous Oxide and Oral sedation can be administered to calm them down and the worst case scenario where the patient doesn’t want to be aware of how the process is being done, IV sedation can be administered to put them to sleep. Some patients are scared of the needle and would freak out at the sight of it. They can be put to sleep after which local anesthesia can be administered with an injection while you are under. Sometimes, patients do wake up during surgery more sedation only needs to be administered to put the patient back under. Pain after the procedure can easily be managed with pain medication that will be prescribed after the procedure.
Does wisdom teeth removal change face shape
The answer to this is a capital NO! Wisdom teeth removal will rarely have any effect or result in any changes to your jawline after you get your wisdom teeth removed even when it is impacted which is the worst case scenario
How Many wisdom teeth can be taken out at once
All four wisdom teeth removal can be removed at once. Think about it, people get full mouth extractions. 4 teeth extractions is not unheard of.
Should I remove all my wisdom teeth at once
We recommend you get all of your wisdom teeth removed at once. This because you wont have take shots multiple times or go through surgery more than once. With this you can heal up once and for all and be done with it. You would also save on medication because the same medication for all four wisdom teeth removal is the same as just one.
Can you die from wisdom tooth removal
It is Possible, but very very unlikely. This is not to scare anyone. wisdom teeth removal is a very safe procedure but there would always be the slight risk of death as a complication to any medical surgery. While experts don’t know exactly how many deaths are associated with wisdom teeth removal, they estimate upwards of about 1 in every 365,000 patients. Source Death even though is the rarest complication usually is not as a result of the surgery itself but from local complications like infections of the wound site post surgery , heart attack during surgery, excessive bleeding , allergy to medication and complications arising from other medical disorders. This is why it’s very important that patients give a full disclosure of medical history and drug use before surgery and follow the post op instructions strictly you will just be fine