Wisdom tooth extraction is often a rite of passage. But the pain, discomfort, swelling, and other unpleasant symptoms associated with wisdom teeth do not have to be a fact of life! Vivid Dental takes several approaches to painless wisdom tooth extraction in Houston Texas.
Wisdom teeth have a bad reputation because, by the time they develop, your mouth often doesn’t have enough room for them to grow properly. In many cases, these teeth become partially or fully impacted, “stuck” underneath the gum tissue. As the teeth attempt to break through the gums, the pressure can produce intense pain. If left untreated, impacted teeth can damage surrounding teeth.
Dr. Monti Harpalani emphasizes prevention. He will monitor the development of wisdom teeth during routine recall appointments. That way, if these third molars aren’t erupting as they should, he can remove them before they cause debilitating symptoms and complications such as damage to other teeth.
If wisdom teeth are visible at least partly above the gum line, a “simple” extraction is all that is required to remove the tooth. Extraction is quick, straightforward, and well-tolerated with a localized, numbing anesthetic. If wisdom teeth are impacted and can’t be seen above the gumline, surgical extraction is required. We use careful techniques to gently access, loosen up, and remove teeth. These types of extractions are quite common and uneventful when patients follow our clear pre- and post-treatment instructions.
The biggest threat to a healthy recovery is dry socket, which occurs when the blood clot that forms at the extraction site becomes dislodged. It’s important to refrain from sucking through a straw or any other actions or habits that might increase your risk of dislodging the clot.
If you are anxious about the extraction process, you have got a little extra “support.” Sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide is safe, can be easily adjusted, its effects wear off quickly, and is an appropriate calming option for patients across the age spectrum.
You can avoid the “worst” associated with wisdom teeth, thanks to routine, proactive care at Vivid Dental and painless extraction. Call 281-809-4902 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Harpalani at the Houston, TX office.