Wisdom Tooth Extractions Protect Plano Smiles
Dr. Sam Antoon is pleased to offer the highest quality family dentistry to patients in and around Plano — and that includes specialty services like wisdom tooth extractions.
The so-called “wisdom teeth” are the third set of molars that often erupt, or appear, in the late teenage years. Wisdom teeth (and their associated problems) are so common that having them removed is something of a rite of passage for people after high school. If you or your child require a wisdom tooth extraction, you can trust Dr. Antoon and his team to perform the procedure with the utmost care and expertise.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
If you are wondering why we even have wisdom teeth if they usually need to be removed anyway, you are not alone. Actually, they are a holdover from long, long ago, when having an extra set of teeth came in handy due to a rough diet and lack of dental hygiene. These days, however, our diets are softer and most of us brush and floss regularly — meaning tooth loss is less common, so there is usually not enough room for these “extra” teeth.
You may not know that you have wisdom teeth if they aren’t causing any problems, but if you have an impacted or infected one, you are likely to feel it. Be conscious of these warning signs of problematic wisdom teeth to ensure you get the treatment you need ASAP.
- Pain or aching sensation in the back of the jaw
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Visibly erupted/impacted wisdom tooth
- Food getting trapped in the back of the mouth
- Foul odor emerging from the area
What to Expect From the Procedure
A wisdom tooth extraction is a routine procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia, which numbs the jaw. Sedation dentistry is also available for added relaxation if you desire.
Once we’re sure that you are completely comfortable, the extraction can begin. Dr. Antoon will open the gums and remove any bone or gum tissue that covers the tooth, and then it will be carefully removed and the gums closed again. This procedure is repeated for as many teeth as you have. Once it is complete, recovery begins.
We will send you home with specific instructions to help you enjoy a speedy, comfortable recovery. You should maintain a soft foods diet for the first couple of days and avoid drinking through a straw or rinsing and spitting — all of which could disrupt the healing process.
Make sure to attend any follow-up appointments as scheduled. During this visit, Dr. Antoon will check in on your progress to make sure your recovery is proceeding without a hitch. You should be back to your old, smiling self after a week or two!
Call Us Today
If you or your teenager are experiencing the symptoms of painful or impacted wisdom teeth, having them removed may be the best course of action. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Plano dentist, Dr. Antoon! We invite you to call us today for an appointment.