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. 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.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
In order to remove a wisdom tooth, our San Antonio dentist, Dr. Jabbour, first needs to numb the area around the 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 tooth, your dentist will often “section” your wisdom tooth so that each piece can be removed through a small opening in the bone. Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, the healing process begins. Healing time varies depending on the degree of difficulty related to the extraction. Dr. Jabbour will share with you what to expect and provide instructions for a comfortable, efficient healing process.