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Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Boerne, TX

Gentle & Convenient Wisdom Tooth Care

Animated smile with impacted wisdom tooth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth in the farthest back area of your mouth. Most people do not have enough space in their mouth to allow for the full eruption of these teeth. Consequently, wisdom teeth frequently only erupt part way, or they may grow sideways. When these situations occur, several problems can develop including food packing, swelling, pain, and infections. It is also possible to develop damage to the jawbones or adjacent teeth. To avoid these problems or to treat them if they have already occurred, early diagnosis and wisdom tooth extraction in Boerne is frequently recommended to prevent or treat these circumstances.

Why Choose Boerne Dental for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Trusted by Local Families Since 1965
  • Happy to Treat Adults & Teens Alike
  • Decades of Specialized Oral Surgery Training & Experience

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

X-ray of wisdom teeth in Boerne

Also referred to as third molars, wisdom teeth typically erupt when a person is between the ages of 17 and 25. These teeth are not like others inside your mouth simply because there is frequently not enough room for them to push through the gumline.

In early civilizations, humans needed these teeth to chew and gnaw on dense foods; however, times have changed, and these teeth are no longer necessary for proper nutrition and overall health. As jawlines narrowed over time, it made it difficult for these teeth to obtain space within the mouth. As a result, wisdom teeth are often impacted or only partially erupt, both of which can put your oral health at risk.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

Woman in need of wisdom tooth extraction holding jaw

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. Some patients may not experience any issues with these teeth erupting. However, the majority of cases often require that these molars be removed. Some of the most common reasons for extraction include:

  • Teeth are fully impacted, which means they exist beneath the gumline
  • Your bite is misaligned
  • You develop a fever, swelling, or pain because of an infection
  • Increased pain in the back of the mouth from these teeth pressing against regular healthy teeth

What to Expect From the Wisdom Teeth Procedure

Extracted tooth in Boerne

Dr. Luttrell is responsible for completing most of the oral surgeries at Boerne Dental and will meet with you to discuss your candidacy for extraction. After capturing dental images and compiling his findings, he will develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs.

When you arrive for your surgery, you will receive local anesthesia to help numb the areas of your mouth. It is also possible to receive sedation dentistry if both you and Dr. Luttrell believe it is a worthwhile option.

When ready, he will begin to remove one or more of your wisdom teeth. Depending on their current state within the mouth, they may be removed one of two ways: simply or surgically. If the tooth has partially erupted, he will use dental instruments to gently move the tooth back and forth until it detaches. However, if they are impacted, he will need to open the gum tissue and gently remove the tooth in sections for an easier and smoother process.

Recovering From Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Man smiling after wisdom tooth extraction in Boerne

Once your wisdom tooth extraction is complete, you can expect your dentist in Boerne to place gauze in the appropriate areas, allowing for the bleeding to cease and blood clots to form. Because you will still be under anesthesia, you’ll be required to have someone drive you home from your appointment.

It is advised that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever or any of the prescribed medication provided to you (if recommended) before the anesthesia wears off. This will help to minimize discomfort. You may also find it helpful to use a cold compress against the outside of your cheek to help numb the area.

Throughout your recovery, it is essential that you practice optimal oral hygiene while at home, but you’ll need to be careful when brushing and flossing and avoid our surgical sites to prevent dislodging the blood clots.

For the first few days, it’s best if you stick to a liquid diet before switching to a soft food diet. Your surgical sites need time to heal, and you don’t want food getting stuck in these areas in the meantime. You should also:

  • Avoid using a straw
  • Avoid smoking or using tobacco products of any kind
  • Avoid spitting while gently rinsing your mouth
  • Avoid partaking in strenuous physical activity for several days or a week