The decision to remove the wisdom teeth is unique to each patient. There is no steadfast rule stating that wisdom teeth must be removed simply because they exist. Instead, the risks and benefits must be considered individually in order to determine when the teeth should be removed.
Patients who are considering wisdom teeth removal in Dallas should schedule a consultation with our experienced oral surgeon as soon as possible. Generally, the earlier the procedure is scheduled, the better the outcome and recovery of the treatment.
Wisdom teeth that are unable to completely grow into the proper position are often recommended for extraction. These teeth are difficult or impossible to clean and can contribute to a number of unpleasant dental conditions including:
- Bone loss
- Periodontal disease
- Damage to adjacent teeth
- Nerve damage
- Bad breath/ Halitosis
Your oral surgeon may also recommend wisdom teeth removal if the teeth are not functional. In other words, if the wisdom teeth do not serve the purpose of chewing and providing proper support for the neighboring teeth, their inherent risk becomes greater than their benefit.
The procedure for removing the wisdom teeth can be customized according to the needs of each patient. Depending upon the condition and position of the wisdom teeth, your oral surgeon may recommend a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
It is easy to understand why many patients are concerned about the level of discomfort that can accompany a surgical procedure. Your oral surgeon provides safe local anesthetics and various levels of sedation in order to make the procedure as comfortable and relaxing as possible.
A consultation with the oral surgeon can also help to eliminate some of the mystery and anxiety surrounding wisdom teeth removal. The consultation is your opportunity to meet the oral surgeon and staff, learn more about what to expect during the procedure, and how to plan for your recovery.
If you are considering wisdom teeth removal or would like more information about your wisdom teeth, we encourage you to call our experienced team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today for your appointment.