wisdom teeth

Have you ever heard of wisdom teeth? Also known as third molars, these are four extra molars that often erupt when a person is in their late teens or in their early twenties. However, the arrival of these teeth can lead to serious complications for the health and function of your smile. How do you avoid these issues? What can you do to protect your smile? Fortunately, at Ft. Worth Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we can safely and comfortable remove these teeth with dental extraction.

Third Molar Quiz

  1. True or False: Third molars can cause serious complications.
  1. True or False: A dental infection can spread beyond a tooth.
  1. True or False: We can remove wisdom teeth.
  1. True or False: We can provide sedation to calm anxious patients.

 Answer Key

  1. True. Often, the teeth are unable to erupt completely or at all. As a result, the teeth become impacted. When this occurs, the adjacent teeth can become cracked or damaged. Patients may also develop an infection or abscess. If you start to experience major toothaches then this could be a possible warning sign. In order to avoid these complications we will often remove the additional teeth prior to eruption.
  1. True. If a tooth develops an infection, it may eventually die. When this occurs, the infection can then reach surrounding teeth or spread into the jawbone. To avoid this, we can diagnose an infected or abscessed tooth and then safely and carefully remove it with an extraction.
  1. True. With the third molars, we can provide an anesthetic and then perform an incision into the gums. From there we will remove the teeth and suture the area closed again. We will provide detailed aftercare instruction.
  1. True. If you feel anxious about the procedure we can also administer a dental sedative. Doing so allows you to remain conscious, but have little to no memory of the procedure. You will enter a calm state and may need a friend o family member to bring you home. Patients with overactive gag reflexes, mild anxiety, or moderate anxiety can benefit from sedation.

Would you like to find out more about removing wisdom teeth or infected teeth? Then talk to Dr. Nikki Green or Dr. Ryan Knight about our safe and comfortable extraction techniques. If you have any questions about maintaining oral health, call our Fort Worth dental office today at (817) 484-5774 to schedule your consultation.