- Has your dentist advised you to have your wisdom teeth extracted?
- Are your wisdom teeth not able to erupt through the gum tissue into a proper position?
- Have you experienced difficulty opening your mouth and/or aching in your jaw?
- Are the gums in the back of your mouth swollen, red or feeling sore?
- Are you in your teens or twenties and have a small mouth or crowded teeth?
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth is a common name given to your third, and final, set of molars. These molars are in the extreme rear of the mouth and generally develop during the late teens or twenties. These teeth are often not visible because they are blocked from growing into proper position.
Why Would my Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
About 85 percent of people will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. This is because these teeth are the most likely to experience complications during development. Some of these complications include:
- Impaction (when the molar is partially or fully blocked from growing into proper position)
- Pressure, crowding, and/or pain in the jaw
- Decay, gum disease, and/or infection from inability to reach the tooth fully for proper oral hygiene
- Cysts or tumor formation due impacted wisdom teeth
Our surgeons will recommend extraction if there is evidence that you may experience these issues in development. By removing these molars before complications arise, we can prevent a painful and costly dental emergency.
Why Should I Choose Contemporary Implant & Oral Surgery for my Wisdom Tooth Removal?
Dr. Stephen Chan and Dr. Aidan Phan are oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Our surgeons are experienced in evaluating wisdom teeth, and can determine if removal is recommended. When it is, they will provide a treatment plan. Your treatment plan will include the appropriate anesthesia or sedation options for your comfort.
Trust in our Experience
Our surgeons help thousands of patients resolve their wisdom teeth problems every year. Therefore unlike general dentists, who may only perform a small handful of cases, our surgeons’ experience provides knowledge not available in other offices.
What Our Patients Say
“The entire team was very professional and knowledgeable from the beginning to end of the visit. My son is 16 years old and was there to have his wisdom teeth removed. My son said he was comfortable the entire time. They also made sure to come out and give me an update on how my son was doing midway of the appointment. They were very caring and accommodating. Definitely trust this team and will recommend them for sure. Thank you Dr. Chan and team!”– Happy Parent of Wisdom Tooth Patient
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Texas Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association
Dental Community Involvement
Our surgeons are trusted by a large group of local dentists who refer their patients to benefit from our expertise.
Our surgeons lead a study group for our local dental colleagues to foster a multi-specialty team treatment approach to patient centered care.
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Wisdom tooth extraction is among the most common of all dental surgeries. For the majority of uncomplicated cases, 3-5 days of minor pain and swelling will occur and our doctors can prescribe pain medication to alleviate any discomfort during this time. Looking after the surgical wound properly allows a patient to heal as quickly as possible. Dr. Chan and Dr. Phan provide extensive after-care information to ensure our patients recover well from their wisdom tooth proceedures.
Impacted wisdom teeth are wisdom teeth that never errupted through the gum. In many cases, wisdom teeth do not have room to develop normally in the mouth to fully erupt through the gums. According to myoms.org, Nine out of 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. If left untreated, impacted teeth can damage other nearby teeth, become infected, or even cause bacteria to enter into the bloodstream. Although impacted wisdom teeth can be a serious problem, they are very common and can be carefully extracted by our experienced oral surgeons.
The cost for wisdom tooth extraction varies depending on multiple factors, such as the degree of impaction, chosen anestesthia option, and your insurance carrier. Our doctors and excellent patient coordinators will work with you to determine a personalized treatment plan reflecting your cost. Give our office a call (214) 572-8633 to get scheduled for your consultation.
A teenager’s wisdom teeth have incomplete root systems, making them easier to extract during the late teenage years than as an adult over the age of 25. Waiting too long to extract a wisdom tooth can cause complications with the roots reaching much deeper than those of the teenage tooth. This can make extraction of the tooth more difficult when the root reaches the depth of nerves residing the lower jaw. Another optimal time to remove wisdom teeth is before or immediately after a patient has had braces to realign their teeth. The reason for this is that impacted wisdom teeth can cause crowding of the teeth that impacts the results of recent orthodontic work.
Downtime after a wisdom tooth extraction is between 24 – 48 hours. Many parents schedule their child for wisdom tooth removal at our office on a Friday, as the child can then return to school, sports, and all other normal activities the following Monday.