Oral surgery is often necessary for a number of conditions including impacted wisdom teeth, dental implants, TMJ disorders, facial injuries, sleep apnea treatment and more. Oral surgery is sometimes needed for tooth loss and jaw related problems like uneven jaw growth or awkwardly fitting dentures. At our offices in San Antonio & Lytle, TX, one of the most common surgeries we perform is for impacted wisdom teeth.
About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 16-25 and are sometimes referred to as third molars. If there is not enough room in the back of the mouth for these molars to emerge or grow naturally, then can become impacted.
Wisdom teeth tend to negatively affect other teeth as they develop and can become impacted or come in sideways. Wisdom teeth used to help our ancestors break down plant tissue. Our ancestors had larger jaws and more teeth to help break down foliage that was consumed. As human’s diets have changed, smaller jaws have evolved and wisdom teeth commonly develop.
When Oral Surgery Becomes Necessary
The two main reasons wisdom teeth are extracted are 1) the wisdom tooth (or teeth) have already become impacted or 2) the wisdom teeth could be problematic. Problems can still arise even if wisdom teeth grow in properly. The chance of infection is high because food particles will get stuck in the jaw area behind the wisdom tooth where you can’t reach with a tooth brush. The risks associated with keeping wisdom teeth are severe enough that most dental providers will suggest oral surgery to extract wisdom teeth.
Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time. A general anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will cause you to sleep through the procedure. After a wisdom tooth is extracted, a patient can expect bleeding and oozing for up to three days, as well as swelling.
Why Choose Dr. Dental For Oral Surgery?
Our oral surgery team includes specialists trained in surgery and dentistry. With over 30 years of experience, our team has dealt with a variety of oral health issues including acute and chronic medically-related disorders.
When you visit us our qualified team will walk you through everything from the time of diagnosis to the time of your scheduled surgery. Oral surgery is not something to take lightly. We’re committed to keeping you comfortable and improving your oral health in the most efficient and pain free way possible.
Contact Dr. Dental at 210-60-SMILE (76453) with questions or to schedule an appointment today.