Summer break is here! Which means now is a great time for scheduling your child’s wisdom tooth removal, or your own. We often recommend this for people in their late teens or early 20s. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, family dentist talks about scheduling your wisdom tooth extraction with our periodontist, Dr. Shalev.
Take Advantage of Summer Break
Summer break means your kids (or yourself) are done with school for a few months, and likely have an open schedule. You can arrange for a wisdom tooth extraction without worrying about falling behind at school. The procedure is crucial for avoiding major oral health complications. Our mouths comfortably accommodate 28 teeth, but the arrival of the wisdom teeth, or third molars, could push the number to 32. Since there is likely little room for them, this means major changes to your smile. These teeth typically erupt in our late teens or early 20s, and our team wants to remove them before they can cause a negative impact on your oral health and smile beauty. Which is why seeing Dr. Shalev for an extraction is recommended!
The Dangers of Third Molars
When these additional molars erupt in the rear of your mouth, this could cause dental misalignment and change the position of your teeth. These changes are then linked to concerns like tooth decay and gum disease, or even TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). These new molars could also only have room to partially erupt, leading to an impaction. Their arrival is also linked to damaged teeth and even dental infection. But if we gently remove them before they arrive, we can spare you or your teen these negative changes to the smile.
Removing Wisdom Teeth
Our team will first plan the process in detail by taking digital x-rays of your smile, pinpoint the position of the teeth so we can remove them and avoid nerve tissues, blood vessels, or sinus cavities. We then numb the area and administer sedation to keep you comfortable as we open the gums above them and extract the teeth with a pair of forceps. We then suture the area closed. You return home with detailed aftercare instructions, and will schedule a follow-up appointment so we can remove sutures and make sure the area is healing properly.
If you have any questions about extracting your wisdom teeth, then contact our team today to learn more. We’re ready to help your smile, and summer break is a great time to get started.
Your Dallas, TX, Dentist Offers Gentle Tooth Extraction
We want to make sure you or your child avoid the complications of the third molars. For more information on our tooth extraction procedure, then please schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).