Pain-Free Wisdom Teeth Removal in Plano, TX
Your wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars, are the last teeth to come into your mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one on each side of the upper and lower jaws, although others may have fewer or more, or even none at all.
Although your wisdom teeth exist under your gums during your adolescence, they may not erupt until your late teens or early 20s (once called the age of wisdom, hence the name). Some people’s wisdom teeth never erupt through the gums, while others erupt or emerge only part of the way. These are called impacted wisdom teeth and partially impacted wisdom teeth. and are often removed due to health concerns.Dr. Barfield on Wisdom Teeth Removal at 1st in Smiles in Plano, TX Read Transcript
With wisdom teeth removal, some wisdom teeth removal is a pretty simple, easy procedure that can be done with local anesthetic. Many times a person needs to be sedated more heavily and we have a dentist who works in our office, a general dentist whose practice is limited to wisdom tooth extraction and IV sedation and he can sedate a person to have their wisdom teeth taken out.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Dr. Barfield does wisdom teeth removal regularly, if the procedure is needed, to maintain your oral health or can improve the appearance of your smile. This includes removal if:
- Your wisdom teeth are causing you pain or discomfort
- You have gum disease or tooth decay, which can make your wisdom teeth susceptible to disease or decay because they are difficult to get to for treatment and/or cleaning
- Your mouth doesn’t have room for these extra teeth
- Your wisdom teeth grow in crooked or at an angle, which can push and move your nearby teeth
Dr. Barfield will do a thorough examination to determine whether your wisdom teeth may need to be removed. Our state-of-the-art digital X-rays will accurately show how many of your teeth are impacted and their exact position under your gums. This dental technology gives us the opportunity to plan strategically for your wisdom tooth extraction.
Wisdom tooth removal is often very quick, taking an hour or less depending on the position of your teeth and the condition of your gums. Depending on your situation, we will provide local anesthesia to numb you along with sedation to relax you for a pain-free treatment. You should plan to have someone drive you here and back as you may not be entirely recovered from the anesthesia afterwards.
How Do I Care for My Mouth After My Wisdom Teeth are Gone?
After your teeth are removed, we will provide you with instructions on how to care for your mouth while it heals. This includes a diet of soft foods and plenty of liquids for at least two or three days and cautious brushing starting on day two. Most people have no problems if they follow our instructions carefully and will experience only a little discomfort or soreness for just a few days. We’ll check your mouth at your next appointment to make sure you have healed properly.
Dr. Rick Barfield is a native of Richardson, Texas. He received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and has been providing trusted dental care in the Plano, TX area for more than 30 years.
If you or your teenager have not had your wisdom teeth examined, call our Plano, TX office for a consultation. If you have children, we also encourage you to bring them in for regular checkups so that we can monitor their wisdom teeth and determine the ideal time for extraction, if needed.