Wisdom Tooth Removal – Katy, TX
Gentle & Comfortable Wisdom Tooth Care
For most people, a rite of passage into adulthood is having their wisdom teeth removed, as this set of molars typically doesn’t start to come in (and become stuck) until the ages of 16-21. Dr. Koo and Dr. Shepard have performed wisdom tooth extractions literally thousands of times apiece for both teens and adults, so if you or your child requires wisdom tooth removal in Katy, TX, you can trust that your/their comfort and health will be assured throughout the entire process.
Third Molars: Explained
Back in caveman times, the wisdom teeth were extremely useful, as they allowed our ancestors to chew the uncooked roots, vegetables, and dried meats that made up most of the rough early human diet. Scientists believe that they were intended to replace the first and even second molars after they inevitably became damaged and worn down. But, with advancements in cooking techniques and dental care over the ensuing millennia, people started keeping all of their teeth well into early adulthood and beyond, so now, when the wisdom teeth appear, there simply isn’t enough room for them in the mouth.
Reasons for Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend that the wisdom teeth be removed if:
- They are unable to come in properly because they are stuck within the gums/jaw
- They are placing pressure on the back teeth and moving them
- They are pressing on a nerve and causing pain/numbness
- Their location/orientation makes them difficult to clean, causing someone to be very vulnerable to cavities
Before Your Tooth Extractions: Pre-Operatory Tips
To ensure a smooth and comfortable experience, here are a few simple steps you can take ahead of your wisdom tooth extraction:
- Brush and floss your teeth right before coming to see us.
- Because you will be sedated, make sure you organize for someone to drive you to and from our oral surgery office.
- Organize for childcare on the day of and after your procedure if necessary, as it is important that you rest and be relatively inactive to start the healing process.
- Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours before the procedure.
- Stock up on soft foods to eat while you recover so you don’t have to go to the store after surgery.
After Your Tooth Extractions: Post-Operatory Tips
Recovering from a wisdom tooth extraction is relatively easy and straightforward. All you have to do is follow your doctor’s instructions, which will involve measures such as:
- Take it easy the day of your procedure and do not engage in any physical activity, which will give the surgery sites the best chance to clot.
- Do not smoke, drink from a straw, or rinse your mouth within the first 24 hours.
- Take any medication as prescribed for pain and apply an icepack to the face in 10-minute increments to reduce swelling.
- Avoid brushing near the surgery site for a few days—you can rinse your mouth gently with saltwater after the first 24-hours to help keep the treatment areas clean.
- If pain or swelling persists for a week or more, or if you develop a fever, contact us immediately, as you may be dealing with an infection.