Wisdom Teeth and Sedation
As part of her commitment to comprehensive oral health, Dr. Anshu Jain provides wisdom teeth evaluations for our older teen and adult patients. She works closely with our oral surgeon, Dr. Scott Williams, DDS, who visits our Murphy dental office regularly to care for our families. At Smiles at Murphy, our team collaborates to ensure you have a positive experience, even if we remove your wisdom teeth.
How Do I Know If I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are located at the very back of the mouth. Having them removed is almost like a rite of passage into adulthood. While not all wisdom teeth cause problems, many people have them removed as a preventive measure to protect their oral health.
It can be difficult to know if you need your wisdom teeth removed if you do not have any symptoms of problematic wisdom teeth. Using 3-D cone beam technology, Dr. Jain will determine if your wisdom teeth are interfering with your other teeth or have the potential to create issues in the future.
Wisdom teeth can put pressure on adjacent teeth and cause pain, misalignment, and even infection. Some wisdom teeth do not have enough space to erupt properly and may come in at odd angles or not at all. This can feel painful to the other teeth or jaw and indicates the need for wisdom teeth extraction.
Most patients will choose to have their wisdom teeth removed because even if they can emerge properly, their location makes them difficult to care for.
Sedation for Wisdom Teeth Removal
To improve our patients’ experiences while having their wisdom teeth removed, Dr. Williams is trained in anesthesiology to provide both oral and IV sedation. Sedation induces a twilight-like dream state. While you will not be asleep, you will not remember much about your appointment. It will seem more like a distant, dreamy memory.
For your safety, we do require that you have someone bring you to and from your appointment.
Recovery times vary, but most extractions take a week or two to heal. For the first few days, an over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen, can help manage discomfort and swelling. We will arrange a follow-up visit to ensure that you are healing properly and answer any questions. While you recover, do not brush or floss the healing areas. Also, avoid drinking through a straw or smoking, which can dislodge the healing tissue, resulting in dry socket.
Contact Us for a Wisdom Teeth Evaluation
If you are, or have, a teen or young adult who needs a wisdom teeth evaluation, contact our Murphy, TX dental office to arrange an appointment. Dr. Jain and Dr. Williams will ensure the most comfortable and effective tooth extraction procedure possible.
We look forward to welcoming you.