If you need a tooth extracted, choose an oral surgeon from Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of Houston, specially trained in oral surgery.
Our uniquely trained and experienced oral surgeons remove teeth for a variety of reasons, and at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Houston, every dental extraction is done with gentle precision and your comfort in mind. We will make the extraction process seamless whether you choose general anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, or local anesthesia. Patient satisfaction is our goal.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as “third molars,” are the last teeth to erupt, however most do not erupt completely or in the correct position. Most people simply do not have the space for these teeth, so it’s very common for wisdom teeth to remain “impacted,” or buried in the jawbone. Leaving non-functional wisdom teeth can often be harmful even if you don’t perceive a problem and most dentists recommend having them removed.
Do you need your wisdom teeth removed?
Most people have four wisdom teeth, but very few people have properly aligned and useful wisdom teeth. We evaluate each case individually and help you decide if extraction of your wisdom teeth is best for you. We will also recommend the safest and most comfortable anesthetic option for your unique case. Fortunately, our surgeons are able to safely administer anesthesia in our office as a result of their surgical training.
Common problems caused by wisdom teeth:
Tooth Decay: Because of their location, wisdom teeth are very difficult (if not impossible) to keep clean and are especially vulnerable to decay. It is very unusual to have a filling or crown done on a third molar.
Crowding: The malposition of wisdom teeth in relation to the second molars can cause difficulty with routine oral hygiene and flossing which can create bone loss and endanger the stronger more important second molars.
Gum Disease: Food and bacteria are commonly trapped around wisdom teeth and can produce infections in the gums. Recurrent infections can compromise the bone in the lower jawbone.
Infection: Partially erupted or impacted teeth may develop what is known as pericoronitis around them. This infectious process is best treated with extraction
Cysts / Tumors: All teeth, before they erupt, are surrounded by a protective sac called a follicle. If a follicle stays embedded in the bone (as with an impacted tooth), it can transform into a cyst or tooth related tumor that can cause extensive damage to the surrounding bone and teeth.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Each patient has a consultation appointment at which time we familiarize ourselves with your medical history, perform an in depth physical exam, and thoroughly discuss your individual diagnosis and treatment plan. We usually need a panoramic X-ray to confirm aid in the diagnosis and treatment planning process. If you do not have a recent x-ray, we will be happy to take one at the appointment. We will also discuss all of your anesthesia options which generally include local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation, and IV sedation.
Prior to Your Dental Extractions: After your consultation appointment, our insurance specialist will contact your insurance carrier to ascertain your benefits. You will be notified of these benefits prior to your scheduled surgery.
During the Procedure: Your comfort and safety will be our primary concern as we perform your extractions.
After the Procedure: We will review your post-operative instructions, provide them to you in writing, and have them available on our website. Additionally, our doctors are always available for your questions or concerns.
Do you have questions about dental extractions and tooth replacement? Call our Houston office and we’d be happy to discuss your needs. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Houston is easily accessible for patients in the Greater Houston area.