Oral Surgeon Carrollton | Practical Wisdom on Wisdom Teeth Removal

Oral Surgeon Carrollton

If a dentist has recommended you have your wisdom teeth removed, you probably have some questions you would like answered before scheduling the extractions. The prospect of oral surgery may seem rather scary at first, but we are here to provide you with both clarity and comfort as you contemplate the “what” and “why” of wisdom teeth removal. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions our office receives:

Q. Why do I have wisdom teeth if I don’t need them?

A. Wisdom teeth helped our early human ancestors chew and dissect the tougher foods that were a typical part of their diet. Fossil records also indicate that ancient human jaws were larger than ours, leaving more room for these “third molars.” The bottom line is that as our diets have evolved and our jaws have gotten smaller, wisdom teeth are no longer a tool that we rely upon. In fact, they can often do more harm to our mouths than good these days.

Q.  Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

A. Wisdom teeth removal is often recommended to prevent an array of potential oral health problems. For example, leaving your wisdom teeth in place can lead to impaction. Impaction occurs when there is not enough space inside your mouth to accommodate emerging teeth, causing them to grow in at an angle. These impacted molars can cause tooth crowding and discomfort, and potentially lead to plaque build-up and periodontal disease.

Q. When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

A. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons , wisdom teeth removal usually occurs during your high school years or when you are a young adult (between the ages of 17 and 25). If you wait too long, the tooth root will continue to grow leading to potential nerve damage and other complications. However, each person is unique and your needs may vary.

Q. Are there circumstances when it’s okay to keep your wisdom teeth?

A. Our Carrollton oral surgery office will work with you to determine whether or not your wisdom tooth removal can be delayed. If there is enough room in your mouth to allow your wisdom teeth to erupt properly without impaction or damage to surrounding teeth, then it may be acceptable to consider leaving them in place. However, your wisdom teeth will need close monitoring to ensure that no changes occur that could cause harm to your other teeth. Our team will discuss this option with you during your exam.

Wisdom teeth removal is a very common procedure that millions of people undergo each year. For many young adults, it’s almost a right-of-passage. Doing your homework and talking to your dentist can provide you with confidence and peace of mind as you determine if wisdom teeth removal is right for you.

If you still have unanswered questions or if you would like more information, please contact our oral surgery office today to schedule an evaluation.

Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery of Carrollton
Phone: (214) 572-8633
4323 North Josey Ln Plaza 1 Suite 103
Carrollton, TX 75010

Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery of Plano
Phone: (214) 572-8633
3443 East Renner Rd Suite 100
Plano, TX 75074

Oral Surgeon Plano | Oral Surgeons: The Facial Experts

Oral Surgeon Plano

When most people think about oral surgeons usually the first thing to come to mind is removing wisdom teeth. However, with extensive knowledge and experience, oral surgeons have the ability to treat a wide array of areas from medical to cosmetic. Oral surgeons train and learn in different areas of the medical field to become experts on nearly all of the different possible dental and facial needs you may have. Learn more about oral surgeons’ training and how they might be able to benefit you.


How Oral Surgeons Reach Their Positions

Did you know that oral surgeons are the only dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association who are surgically trained in a hospital-based residency? Oral surgeons must complete a 4 year minimum hospital based residency program focusing on facial skin, bone, and muscle. This training allows them to train alongside general surgery, internal medicine, and emergency specialists to name a few. Oral surgeons also learn and train extensively in anesthesia (general and local) and sedation, and how to properly administer them to patients.

How Can An Oral Surgeon Help You?

Oral surgeons specialize in numerous areas related to face, mouth, and jaw surgery. With both medical and cosmetic specialties, oral surgeons may be able to assist you with something you had not expected previously. While specialties can vary from surgeon to surgeon, most can treat a variety of areas including, but not limited to:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Corrective jaw surgery
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Oral, neck, and head cancer

With a multitude of specialties, oral surgeons can treat areas and issues you may not have previously thought of. If you have any questions for our oral surgery team, or would like to learn more about us, visit us online or contact our oral surgery office today.

Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery of Carrollton
Phone: (214) 572-8633
4323 North Josey Ln Plaza 1 Suite 103
Carrollton, TX 75010

Contemporary Implant and Oral Surgery of Plano
Phone: (214) 572-8633
3443 East Renner Rd Suite 100
Plano, TX 75074