Approximately 85% of Americans have their wisdom teeth removed. At Bedford Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Col. John McPhillips, DDS, MD, provides expert wisdom teeth extraction services including surgical removal. If you live in or around Bedford, Texas, and you or one of your children needs wisdom teeth removed, call Dr. McPhillips or schedule a consultation online today.
Dr. McPhillips removes wisdom teeth when you don’t have enough room to accommodate these extra molars when they emerge. He also removes wisdom teeth that are impacted — which means they’re stuck below your gums.
Dr. McPhillips also removes wisdom teeth that emerge at unusual angles or those that cause an infection in your gums. You may not need to have all your wisdom teeth removed at once. Dr. McPhillips provides advice on the best approach to extraction.
The most common indicator that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed is a pain in the back of your mouth. You might also notice that your gums get red and swollen. Your jaw may be stiff, and you might also get headaches.
If an infection develops in your gums, you could develop bad breath or a foul taste in your mouth.
Dr. McPhillips extracts wisdom teeth with one of two methods. The first method is a simple pull. Using special tools, he wiggles your tooth back and forth to loosen it from the socket before pulling it out.
However, if your wisdom tooth is impacted or is emerging at a strange angle, Dr. McPhillips removes the tooth surgically. During a surgical extraction, Dr. McPhillips makes an incision in your gum to access the tooth. In some cases, he may need to break the tooth into smaller pieces before removing it in sections. If necessary, he makes a few stitches with self-dissolving surgical thread.
Dr. McPhillips provides both a local anesthetic and additional sedation during wisdom teeth extraction to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. You should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment as the anesthesia will leave you groggy.
After Dr. McPhillips extracts a wisdom tooth, he packs the socket with a gauze pad to stop any bleeding while a blood clot forms. He gives you instructions on taking painkillers to ease any discomfort. You can also apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and pain.
You should relax at home for at least 24 hours after your extraction. You can brush your teeth gently but should avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully while your gums heal. You can drink liquids and eat soft foods, but avoid using a straw as the suction could dislodge the blood clot and expose the socket.
Call Dr. McPhillips or schedule an appointment online today for expert wisdom tooth removal services.