As you or members of your family approach adulthood, they could experience the eruption of up to four new teeth. These new molars could threaten your oral health, and lead to changes to smile beauty. But we can help! In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists look at how we protect smiles with wisdom tooth extraction.
The Dangers of Third Molars
At one time, these molars were essentially, but now their arrival could mean serious trouble for your oral health. Often, there is simply no room for them. Which means when they erupt, this could cause dental misalignment that impacts your oral health in a negative way, and also changes the appearance of your smile. The wisdom teeth could also only partially erupt, causing a painful impaction. Their arrival is also linked to infection and discomfort. Which means extracting them before they can arrive and help safeguard your smile against major complications, so you or your family members greet adulthood with an even and healthy smile.
Preparing Your Smile
To begin, our team will first take detailed digital x-rays of the smile. The images allow us to identify the position of the wisdom teeth and assess the threat those potentially pose. If we decide extraction is the right course of action, we can plan the process to avoid sinus cavities and nerve tissues. We will also administer a local anesthetic and dental sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little no to no memory of the procedure afterward. We want this restorative treatment to be a comfortable one, and one that helps protect the integrity of your smile.
The Tooth Extraction Process
When you’re comfortable, we will gently open the gums above these teeth so we can access and remove them. The entire process typically takes as little as 30 minutes. We then suture the areas closed. A friend or family member can bring you home. We will send prescriptions for medications to help with the healing process, as well as detailed aftercare instructions to prevent complications. We will remove sutures in a follow up visit, and most people return to normal activities after a day or two of rest.
If you have any questions about the risks of wisdom teeth, or about the tooth extraction process, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you enjoy optimal oral health in the years to come.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO, TX, ABOUT RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY
Our team wants to help safeguard the beauty, function, and health of your smile. If you’re ready to schedule a visit and undergo a tooth extraction, then contact our Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at 915-849-9000.