Why You May Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

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There’s a set of teeth in your mouth that is left over from long ago days when our food was much tougher and needed to be ground better to digest. They are the third set of molars in our mouths, most often called the wisdom teeth. We’ve outgrown these teeth now, and often need to remove them to prevent a plethora of problems.

Our mouths are smaller than they were when we needed the wisdom teeth, so they can cause many problems if allowed to grow in improperly. They can crowd your teeth together, misaligning your bite and making it hard to clean around and between them. They might not be able to grow in properly, and open a flap of gum tissue above them that can get infected, or a cyst might form around them that can damage the roots or the bone around them.

As you prepare to get them removed, Dr. Todd A. Williams will take x-rays to determine how best to remove them. The procedure is different based on whether the teeth are still impacted in the jaw or if they have erupted. Our dentists will numb the area where the tooth will be removed, and may also use a general anesthetic so you sleep through the surgery. If the tooth is impacted or difficult to remove, they may cut the tooth into pieces for easier removal.

If you or your teens need your wisdom teeth removed in Dallas, Texas, be sure to call Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery at 214-691-0101. We will be happy to help you.