Most people have a third set of molars that remain hidden in their gums until late adolescence due to the evolutionary process. These molars are known as wisdom teeth, and they serve little purpose in the modern age. Because many patients experience issues with wisdom teeth, they often need to be removed in an extraction process that we review below.
Wisdom teeth often come with complications because most people don’t have enough space in the back of their mouths for these teeth to emerge safely without affecting their tooth alignment, and this can result in impacted wisdom teeth that are trapped under the gums.
If your wisdom teeth become impacted, they can cause issues such as ongoing pain and pressure in the gums, as well as sore jaw muscles. Over time, the impacted teeth can cause pressure that reduces the tooth root integrity keeping the third set of molars in place.
To prevent wisdom tooth complications, our dentist may recommend wisdom tooth removal to extract the teeth from the gums, typically in a single outpatient appointment. Often, patients receive full sedation while the procedure is performed to ensure you remain completely comfortable. Afterward, you will probably feel lingering sedative effects, requiring a friend or family member to take you home.
Following tooth extraction, we encourage you to care for your mouth with a diet of soft foods, in addition to drinking without a straw and resting well. You may receive prescription medication to reduce discomfort, as well as additional recovery instructions that are relevant to your condition.
If you suspect you may be in need of wisdom tooth removal in Cedar Park, Texas, we encourage you to call 512-792-2707 to speak with Dr. Kevin Bowcutt at Bowcutt Dental for your oral surgery procedure.