Wisdom Teeth Removal

A great smile has a full complement of healthy, properly aligned teeth. The health of your teeth requires that each has room to grow and develop properly.

The problem with wisdom teeth is that they often become impacted or "stuck" in the gums. If wisdom teeth don't have room to come in at the correct angle, they can also crowd the adjacent teeth and threaten their health as well. When a wisdom tooth comes in, it can create pressure on those other teeth, forcing them out of alignment and even damaging them in the process.

In such cases, we recommend wisdom tooth removal at our Temple, TX dental office. Our approach to dentistry always prioritizes the preservation of your natural tooth structure wherever possible with general dentistry.

For this reason, our dentists wouldn't recommend removing a tooth unless it's absolutely necessary. When wisdom teeth extraction can save your other teeth and preserve your smile, the Lakewood Dental team does so gently with your comfort foremost in our minds.

The Benefits of Removing Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to come in. When they do appear in your late teens or early 20s, there isn’t always enough room for them to erupt from the gums at the proper angle. Since they are so far back in your mouth they are also notoriously difficult to brush and floss thoroughly. This pust you at further risk for cavities and gum disease.  

Removal of your wisdom teeth will allow you to chew properly, maintain a great smile, and avoid potentially damaging your healthy teeth in the future. Also referred to as third molars, your wisdom teeth, are not essential for chewing or even to have a complete smile. You can count on your Temple, TX dental team to provide gentle, comfortable removal of your wisdom teeth. 

After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

After your wisdom teeth have been removed, you may experience a bit of swelling and bleeding. This is normal and will only last a few days, during which you will want to avoid solid foods, coffee, and carbonated beverages. You will need to wait 24 hours before brushing.

You may take a pain reliever medication like ibuprofen and use ice packs if necessary to alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Your smile will look great, and you’ll be back to normal before you know it.

Are You Worried about Your Wisdom Teeth?

If you have wisdom teeth that are causing you pain, please call Lakewood Dental Trails today to schedule an appointment. If our dentists decide that removing wisdom teeth in Temple, TX is the best decision, they will explain why and what benefits you can expect to receive.

Please call us at (254) 434-4035 to get started.