Wisdom Tooth Extractions – Grand Prairie, TX

Prevent Future Problems with Wisdom Tooth Extraction

a man holding his jaw in pain

Wisdom teeth are a dreaded rite of passage into adulthood for some, with an estimated 35 percent of the population fortunate enough to not have any wisdom teeth! Whether you have one, two, three, or all four of your third molars, our team at Care 32 Dental will help you determine whether wisdom tooth extraction in Grand Prairie is necessary for you. If you’re between the ages of 16 and 24 and believe your third molars may need to come out or haven’t had them examined, call our office today to schedule a consultation.

Why Choose Care 32 Dental for Wisdom Tooth Extractions?

  • Dental Sedation Available for Comfort
  • In-Network with Most Major Dental Insurances
  • Team of Three Experienced Dentists

What are Wisdom Teeth?

a dentist pointing at wisdom teeth in an X-ray

Wisdom teeth are the very last teeth to grow into the mouth, typically between the ages of around 17 and 21, but some can grow in earlier or later. They are located behind the last molars and can sometimes become impacted below the gumline or positioned horizontally, at an angle, or vertically, depending on your unique oral anatomy.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed?

a computer graphic showing a wisdom tooth growing in sideways

Wisdom teeth don’t always need to be extracted. In fact, we try to avoid removing teeth whenever possible, but in cases where they can harm your smile more than help it, we may encourage extraction. These situations include:

  • Pain that seems to be getting worse
  • A risk of orthodontic issues developing due to position of growth
  • Cysts developing in the wisdom tooth sacs that can damage the jawbone
  • A high risk of infection due to bacteria accumulation at the back of the mouth
  • Increased chances of decay and gum disease

What Can You Expect From Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

dental forceps holding an extracted wisdom tooth

Wisdom tooth extractions are relatively simple procedures that can be completed in a single appointment. If necessary, we can offer you nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel more relaxed and calmer during your procedure. The procedure will involve one of our skilled dentists in Grand Prairie using two instruments to gently lift and remove your wisdom teeth. The elevator will be secure around the tooth and used to lift it out of its socket, and dental forceps will be used to carefully wiggle it back and forth, releasing it from any connective tissues.

Recovering From Your Procedure

a woman resting on a couch

After your procedure, we’ll provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to help you make a smooth recovery. These typically include:

  • Avoid drinking from a straw and spitting, as these can dislodge the blood clot in the extraction site.
  • Use gauze to help control post-operative bleeding.
  • Take medications as prescribed or recommended to help manage pain.
  • Eat a soft diet until your dentist recommends introducing other foods.
  • Avoid strenuous activity following your treatment.
  • Elevate your head while sleeping to prevent swelling.
  • To minimize swelling, place a cold compress on the outside of your face for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
  • Call our office if you experience worsening pain or any other concerning symptoms.