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Third molars are especially susceptible to complications because most patients’ mouths are too small to accommodate their growth. When the molars don’t have enough room to erupt properly, they often get stuck, causing impaction. Impacted molars will start to grow toward your healthy molars because it’s the only way for them to keep moving. And because patients cannot clean them when they are impacted, they usually result in infection. Once infection forms, it’s easy for more severe problems to arise. Below are some of the biggest problems associated with impaction and infection:
- Dental crowding and root damage. As impacted teeth grow toward your healthy molars, they force the molars to crowd each other. This movement of your wisdom teeth causes tooth misalignment and can even cause root damage to your nearby molars.
- Gum infection. Impacted molars cannot be brushed or cleaned, which often results in an infection forming in the gums surrounding the molars.
- Cysts and tumors. As more bacteria gathers around the area without being cleaned, the more likely it becomes that a cyst or tumor will develop.
It’s important to monitor their growth so you can prevent the above problems from occurring. Regular visits to your dentist are the first step. Dentists are trained to identify signs of their growth, and when they do, they will refer you to one of our oral surgeons. When you visit our office, our doctors will determine if you require extraction.
The treatment process differs with every patient based on their individual needs. Some factors that can affect your procedure include how many need extracting, the type of anesthesia you choose, and whether they are impacted or fully developed. Visiting our office for a consultation appointment is the first step. At your consultation, one of our doctors will discuss all your options with you, review your health history, and take any necessary 3D scans. You can return home after we have determined the best plan for removal and provided you with pre- and post-operative instructions.
The next time you come in will be for your surgical appointment. Removal can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. If you choose IV anesthesia, you must have a responsible adult drive you to and from the office and remain in the office during the procedure. Your oral surgeon will administer your anesthesia before carefully opening the gums to expose your molars. He will remove any bone or growth that may be blocking the extraction path before extracting the third molars. In some cases, he will break them into pieces to make for a smaller surgical site and an easier extraction process.
After the extractions, your doctor will stitch up your gums and wait for your anesthesia to wear off before sending you home with your driver. Upon returning home, you should follow your post-operative instructions for an easy and comfortable recovery. Most patients report not even needing pain medicine and being back to their normal daily routine within several days. If you have any questions regarding your post-operative instructions, our office is always happy to help. Our goal is to ensure a quick healing period and optimal results.
Wisdom Teeth in Dallas, TX
If you live in or around Dallas, TX, we encourage you to contact Park Cities Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates for removal. Our team prioritizes your safety and comfort and will ensure you have a positive experience during treatment at our office. We look forward to meeting you and restoring your smile.