Over time human mouths have evolved to become smaller and more narrow. This leads to less space for the last molars, also called your third molars, in your mouth. Overcrowding among other conditions can lead to infection and other complications. As a preemptive measure, most dental practices offer a blanket solution: remove all wisdom teeth. At Laraway Family Dentistry, we believe in a holistic, biological approach. Simply, we only remove wisdom teeth if there is a medical need. With that said, every patient is different and it is important to discuss your options with Dr. Micheal and Joanna Laraway at Laraway Family Dentistry in The Woodlands, Texas.
A narrower mouth leads to less space for your third molar to erupt, or emerge above the gumline. When a wisdom tooth does not erupt it is called impaction. There are a number of ways teeth can lie while impacted, but the most common are growing at an angle, laying flat, or sitting up straight without emerging. A few reasons that Dr. Micheal and Joanna Laraway remove wisdom teeth at Laraway Family Dentistry in The Woodlands, Texas are because impacted teeth may cause infection, tooth decay, cysts, or interfere with orthodontic treatment.
Although there are a few rare risks associated with wisdom tooth removal, such as dry socket and teeth, jawbone, never, or sinus damage, the experts at Laraway Family Dental only recommend wisdom tooth removal if the benefits outweigh the small risks. Most extractions are done in office; however, some complicated extractions may be referred to as an experienced oral surgeon.
During your procedure, one of our top priorities is your comfort. Depending on the type of extraction, we may use a local numbing agent for conscious sedation or put you completely asleep. We also will consider your age, experience with surgery, and if you have dental anxiety or special needs. Before your procedure, discuss your concerns with the Laraway Family Dentistry team.
Choosing to extract your wisdom teeth can be a big decision; however, it will be beneficial to your overall health. For more information about wisdom tooth extraction or to plan your next visit to Laraway Family Dentistry in the Woodlands, Texas, call our office at (936)-321-1477, today!