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Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Upper Kirby

Woman in dental chair prior to tooth removalAt West U Dental Smiles, our team is usually working hard to help patients of all ages keep their healthy, natural teeth. However, there are some cases where removing teeth is actually a better option to keep patients smiling. Third molars, sometimes called wisdom teeth, are the last to erupt into the smile and the most often extracted. Around the age of 12 or 13, we recommend young people receive a screening to help us determine whether or not wisdom teeth will need to be removed. However, these teeth are not typically extracted until the late teens or early twenties. If you want to learn more about wisdom tooth extractions for Upper Kirby residents, call to schedule a consultation appointment today. We look forward to helping you maintain your healthiest smile.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that begin to develop below the gum line around the age of 12 or 13. They typically erupt when patients reach their teens or early twenties. In the past, poor diet and lack of adequate oral hygiene meant that patients were likely to lose one or more teeth by this age, making third molars necessary. Today, adequate hygiene makes wisdom teeth unnecessary for most patients, and the majority of people do not have adequate space for this third set of teeth within their smiles. Lack of space can cause a number of oral health issues related to the development and eruption of third molars that may require us to remove the wisdom teeth.

Why do I Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

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Some of the reasons why we may recommend wisdom teeth be removed include:

How are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

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Wisdom teeth will either be pulled or surgically removed. Pulling is only possible if teeth are able to fully erupt from the gums. If the wisdom teeth are partially or fully impacted, we will need to surgically remove them.

What Happens After Tooth Extraction?

Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, we’ll provide you with specific after-care instructions to ensure you make a full recovery as quickly and comfortably as possible. Some basics to keep in mind include:

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