No one enjoys having their teeth removed. Who would, anyway? But sometimes, your tooth has to be extracted for the overall benefit of your oral health. For instance, if you have an impacted wisdom tooth, Dr. Monti Harpalani recommends removal to avoid putting your dental health in jeopardy. But you have nothing to worry about when our dentist recommends tooth removal. Vivid Dental of Houston, Texas, offers gentle tooth extraction services for maximum comfort.
Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to grow, usually for patients between 17 and 25 years. Sometimes, wisdom teeth erupt in alignment with other teeth and don’t need removal because they don’t cause any problems. However, extraction is the best course of action when the wisdom tooth is partially or fully trapped below the gum line (impaction).
A fully impacted tooth isn’t visible — it’s completely hidden below the gum line. It only takes a dentist to spot a fully impacted wisdom through x-ray images. A partially impacted tooth is partially visible above the gum line. Dentists recommend the removal of an impacted wisdom tooth because it’s likely to cause:
If you have swollen jaws, bleeding gums, bad breath, and headaches, you could have an impacted wisdom tooth. Instead of figuring it out yourself, please book an appointment with a dentist for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Before your impacted wisdom tooth is removed, the first step is to take a dental x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. Sometimes, an impacted wisdom tooth doesn’t cause pain, but an x-ray can confirm the location and angle of the tooth.
Wisdom tooth removal is an outpatient procedure done right here in our dental office. Before treatment, we can either use local anesthesia or sedation to minimize discomfort. Next, we make an incision on the gums to access the wisdom tooth. We then break it into pieces and use special tools to remove it. Next, we clean the surgical site and suture it to pave the way for recovery. Before you leave our office, we give you post-surgery aftercare tips to speed up recovery.