Dentist in Richardson, TX
Third molars, or wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent molars to emerge. These teeth are also the most likely to require extraction, due to any of several complications. Some of the most common reasons to have wisdom teeth extracted include:
- Impacted tooth – tooth is trapped beneath bone or gums and not emerging properly
- Crowding or small mouth – emerging wisdom teeth may cause other teeth to shift or crack due to lack of space
- Decay or infection – wisdom teeth are the furthest back and most difficult to keep clean, so are more prone to infection or tooth decay
Dr. Lide may recommend extraction of one or more of your wisdom teeth if any of these issues apply to you. During your consultation, we will discuss your options for tooth replacement, if needed. We may also recommend sedation dentistry to make your experience more comfortable.
After your extraction, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You will require rest, but lie with your head propped on a pillow to prevent prolonged bleeding.
We will apply gauze when your extraction is complete. When it becomes soaked, change it for a fresh piece. Use pain medication and ice pack as directed for pain and swelling. If bleeding continues beyond 24 hours, contact our office immediately.
For the first few days following extraction, limit your diet to soft foods. Avoid smoking or using a straw, as the pressures created by these actions can slow clotting and loosen sutures.
For more information or an extraction consultation, contact our office.