dallas wisdom tooth extractionThe end of the school year is just weeks away, which means now might be a great time to schedule your teen’s wisdom tooth extraction. Before they start a new school year or college, we can conduct this procedure to keep them from missing school and developing the complications of wisdom tooth eruption. In today’s blog, your Richardson, TX, dentist talks about the process of extracting the third molars and why summer break is such a good time for the procedure.

Don’t Let Impactions Occur

The fact is, there is simply no room for these additional molars. While in rare cases they can erupt without trouble, in most cases these up to four new molars could crowd the smile, creating misalignment that changes the appearance of a person’s smile, undoes orthodontic treatment, and increases the risk of complications like tooth decay and gum disease. An impaction could mean the tooth partially erupts, and could lead to issues with comfort, infection, and could even damage teeth. Don’t let these additional teeth cause negative changes to your child’s smile or your own, talk to our team.

Starting Care When School Ends

These tend to erupt in our late teens and early 20s, so if you have a teen about to start college, a visit at the start of summer break means this procedure can be in the rearview as they prepare for this exciting new stage of their life. Our team will conduct a detailed examination with digital x-rays, so we can pinpoint the position of these molars and assess the risk for your teen’s smile. Our team can then plan the wisdom tooth extraction procedure in detail to avoid blood vessels, nerve tissues, and sinus cavities, and to ensure optimal results. If you or your child is in college, we could also do this now before your spring semester ends and prior to your fall one beginning.

The Process of Extracting Wisdom Teeth

Our team will make the procedure comfortable by administering a local anesthetic to the area, and with dental sedation to help you or your loved one enter a deep state of calm and relaxation, with little to no memory of the procedure at all. We then extract the teeth in question with forceps and suture the area closed. Our team will provide aftercare instructions and prescriptions for medications to help ensure a complication-free healing period, and patients usually return to their normal routine in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

Your Richardson, TX, Dentist Offers Care for Kids and Teens

We want to help smiles of all ages stay strong, healthy, and beautiful. For more information on the process of tooth extraction, 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).