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Wisdom Teeth Treatment

What are the impacted wisdom teeth?

In dental terminology an "impacted tooth" refers to a tooth that has failed to emerge fully into its expected position. This failure to erupt properly may occur either because there is not room enough in the jaw for the tooth, or because the angulation of the tooth is improper.

Indications for Removing Wisdom Teeth.

Wisdom teeth generally cause problems when they erupt partially through the gum. The most common reasons for removing them are: (1) Decay Saliva, bacteria and food particles can collect around an impacted wisdom tooth, causing it, or the next tooth to decay. It is very difficult to remove such decay. Pain and infection will usually follow.

The Pro's and Con's of Wisdom Tooth Removal

Some Pro's of Removing a Wisdom Tooth: Wisdom teeth may be hard to access with your toothbrush or floss. Over time, the accumulation of bacteria, sugars and acids may cause a cavity to form in the tooth. If it is not restored with a filling, the cavity may spread and destroy more tooth structure causing severe consequences to the tooth and surrounding supportive structures.

Alternatives to Extracting Wisdom Teeth

The alternative to having wisdom teeth removed is to keep them. A few lucky people are able to keep their wisdom teeth and care for them as they would their other teeth. But for most of us, this isn't possible, and a delay in their removal can cause serious problems.

Wisdom Teeth: the Operation and What to Expect Afterward

Many people have their wisdom teeth removed under local anaesthesia by a general Houston dentist or oral surgeon. This means that they are awake, but the area around the wisdom tooth is completely numb. Sedative drugs can be given with local anaesthesia to help people relax during the procedure.

Post Operative Care for Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Following the removal of your wisdom teeth it is important that you call our Houston dentist if any unusual bleeding, swelling or pain occurs. The first 6-8 hours after the extraction are typically the worst, but are manageable with ice packs and non-prescription pain medication. You should also plan to see our Houston dentist approximately one week later to ensure everything is healing well.

Wisdom of the Ages is Like Money in the Bank

It may be possible in the future for people to have stem cells taken from their own wisdom teeth and saved. The stem cells would be used to help regrow teeth, to restore nerve cells, to correct a cleft palate or periodontal defects, and to regrow jawbone and teeth.

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