The wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last permanent teeth to erupt in the mouth, usually in the late teens or early twenties. They’re considered to be vestigial organs because they don’t serve any real purpose. In fact, since they erupt after all other teeth, there’s a strong chance that they may grow at an angle that negatively affects the surrounding teeth and gum tissues. At Energy Dental, we provide safe and painless wisdom teeth removal to prevent them from affecting your overall oral health.
What is wisdom tooth removal?
Wisdom tooth removal is a procedure wherein one of your third molars is extracted, either because it’s impacted or to prevent dental problems in the future. An impacted wisdom tooth is a wisdom tooth without enough room to erupt into your mouth, which makes it grow at an incorrect angle. The wisdom tooth may push against the second molar, grow at an angle toward the back of the mouth, or remain trapped within the jawbone, leading to several dental complications. Wisdom tooth extraction is necessary to prevent such problems.
The benefits of
wisdom tooth removal:
- Lower the risk of overcrowding and orthodontic problems
- Protect the surrounding teeth from dental damage
- Minimize the risk of gum disease and cavities
- Minimize the risk of jaw pains
- Minimize the risk of dental abscesses and tumors
Signs of an impacted wisdom tooth:
- Red and swollen gums
- Swollen jaws
- Bleeding gums
- Jaw aches
- Foul taste in the mouth
If you notice the signs and symptoms of an impacted wisdom tooth, you must contact our dentists promptly. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can damage other teeth, lead to cysts and dental abscesses, cavities, and gum disease. As such, you may need emergency wisdom tooth removal as soon as possible.
Energy Dental is a state-of-the-art dental clinic specializing in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We recommend wisdom teeth removal if an examination of your teeth reveals that they may cause problems in the future. Our goal is to address all potential problems before they can affect your overall dental health, which is why we often recommend preventative wisdom tooth removal. Please schedule an appointment to explore your wisdom tooth removal options in Houston, TX.