Wisdom Teeth Removal in San Antonio, TX
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars found in the very back of your mouth. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties. Sometimes, these teeth don’t need to be removed, but for most adults, these molars need to be surgically removed.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
In some cases, the wisdom teeth may become impacted. If the impacted molars not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.
Surgery Process for Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Before beginning the surgery process, our dentist, Dr. Jabbour, first needs to numb the area around the wisdom tooth with a local anesthetic. Because the impacted tooth may still be under the gums and imbedded in your jawbone, Dr. Jabbour will need to remove a portion of the covering bone to extract the tooth.
In order to minimize the amount of bone that is removed with the wisdom tooth, dentists will often “section” your wisdom tooth during surgery so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone.
After You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed
Your wisdom teeth removed, the healing process can now begin. Healing time varies depending on the degree of difficulty related to the wisdom tooth extractions during surgery. Dr. Jabbour will share the surgery results with you and let you know what to expect. You will receive instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.