Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Dallas, TX

Removing Unnecessary Teeth for Better Oral Health

Not all dental patients require the removal of their wisdom teeth. However, for individuals between the ages of 18 and 25, there is a high probability that wisdom tooth extractions from our Dallas, TX dentist will be necessary. While some wisdom teeth erupt normally, others remain impacted beneath the gumline. When this happens, it can cause intense pain and put the patient’s healthy teeth at risk. If you believe you or someone in your family might need to have their wisdom teeth removed, call HJ Dental to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose HJ Dental for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Board-Certified Anesthesiologist
  • Sedation Dentistry Available
  • Intraoral Cameras for Enhanced Imaging

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

X-ray showing four impacted wisdom teeth in Dallas, TX

Wisdom teeth – also known as “third molars” – are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt. Because they come in so much later than your other teeth, there often isn’t enough room for them in your mouth. This can cause them to become impacted, meaning they’re fully or partially trapped under your gums or in your jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to all sorts of complications, which is why extraction is often necessary.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Illustration showing an impacted wisdom tooth in Dallas, TX

Wisdom tooth removal is often recommended when a patient experiences one of the following:

  • Impaction of the wisdom teeth (beneath the gumline)
  • Partial eruption that is causing problems with oral health
  • Pain and inflammation developing around the area

Call our office immediately if you have noticed any symptoms that might point to problematic wisdom teeth. We can examine your mouth and jaw to confirm whether an extraction is necessary to protect your overall oral health.

What to Expect from the Wisdom Teeth Extraction Procedure

Female dental patient smiling after wisdom tooth extraction in Dallas, TX

In many cases, removing wisdom teeth requires surgery. Before the procedure begins, we’ll use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth; dental sedation may also be utilized to keep you relaxed and comfortable.

Our team will make incisions in your gum tissue and remove a small amount of bone so that we can access the roots of the teeth in question. When removing wisdom teeth, it may be necessary to divide them into sections. Once the teeth have been taken out, the extraction sites will be cleaned, the gums will be sutured shut, and gauze will be placed to control bleeding.

Recovering from Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Woman at home resting on her couch

Once the extraction is complete, you will need to abide by a set of guidelines to ensure swift and successful healing. These tips include:

  • Getting plenty of rest for the next 48 hours.
  • Sleeping with the head elevated to minimize the amount of blood rushing to the face and causing discomfort.
  • Changing out gauze as needed to reduce bleeding.
  • Avoiding actions that can dislodge the blood clots necessary for healing; such actions include sipping through a straw, vigorous rinsing, spitting, or eating hard things.
  • Gently swishing with warm salt water to flush out bad oral bacteria and encourage proper healing.
  • Being mindful of brushing and flossing near the surgical sites.