richardson wisdom teeth

When you have wisdom teeth soon to erupt, this could mean trouble for your smile. Your third molars tend to arrive in your late teens and early 20s, and could lead to major complications with the health and beauty of you or your family’s smiles. Which is your Richardson, TX, dentist recommends extracting wisdom teeth before they cause problems!

The Dangers of Your Third Molars

Our smiles simply cannot accommodate these extra teeth, which means their arrival leads to negative changes to your oral health. For example, they may only partially erupt, known as an impaction. They could place pressure on nearby teeth, damaging the enamel and increasing the risk of tooth decay and infection in the months to come. Their arrival could shift the teeth too, creating dental discomfort that alters the balance and appearance of the smile, and again leaves you vulnerable to oral health complications. The strain on your bite balance and jaw joints could then cause TMJ disorder and even bruxism (chronic teeth grinding), increasing the risk of damaged teeth. Essentially, the best thing for your smile or your teen is to have these wisdom teeth removed prior to eruption.

Help From an Expert

If you attend regular checkup and cleaning visits, then our team will be monitoring your smile or your child’s, and keeping an eye out for signs of impending eruption. If you need to have these teeth removed, then we will recommend treatment from our specialist on staff, Dr. Shalev. A trained and experienced periodontist, Dr. Shalev can oversee the removal of these teeth while also protecting the health and appearance of your gums and your smile as a whole.

Tooth Extraction and Aftercare

We begin by examining your smile with digital x-rays, so we can identify the position of the teeth, and avoid blood vessels, nerve tissues, and sinus cavities during the removal process. Once we plan the procedure in detail, we will administer sedation to ensure you are comfortable throughout the process. We then open the gums above the teeth so Dr. Shalev can reach and remove the wisdom teeth prior to eruption. The area is then sutured closed, and you return home with detailed instructions for promoting a successful healing process. We can remove sutures as needed in a follow-up visit.

If you have any questions about the extraction of wisdom, then contact our team today to learn more.

Your Richardson, TX, Dentist Offers Restorative Dental Care for the Entire Family    

Our team wants to offer treatment to help kids, teens, and adults continue to enjoy strong, beautiful, and healthy smiles. For more information on our restorative and periodontal treatments, 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).