Wisdom teeth removal can play an important role in proactive prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. As a top-rated periodontist and dental implants specialist in Plano, TX, Dr. Jeffrey Glaser is skilled in wisdom teeth removal procedures, using advanced techniques to minimize discomfort while promoting better oral health now and in the future.
Wisdom teeth are located all the way back in the jaw near the jaw joints, and they’re the last teeth to emerge from the gums. Once they erupt, the other teeth are already in place, and often there’s not enough room to accommodate them. As a result, they tend to come in crooked or sideways or even become “stuck” or impacted under neighboring teeth, causing pain and threatening the health of these other teeth. Removing wisdom teeth can prevent damage to these other teeth and preserve better oral health. Even when wisdom teeth come in straight, their location can make them very difficult to keep clean, making them a harbor for bacteria that can cause decay and gum disease. Removing these teeth can prevent these issues from occurring so the teeth and gums stay healthier.
Wisdom teeth have deep roots, and their removal requires special oral surgery techniques to access the roots and ensure all the tissue is removed. The procedure may be performed using sedation to enable the patient to doze throughout the procedure and to eliminate the sensations of discomfort. During the procedure, small incisions are made into the gums to access the tooth root and completely remove the tooth. Once the tooth is removed, the incisions will be closed and a temporary dressing may be applied to protect the area in the very early stages of healing.
The sedation techniques used in wisdom teeth removal procedures results in feelings of sleepiness and sometimes mild feelings of nausea. Patients will need someone to drive them home afterward and should plan to rest and nap the rest of the day. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to treat any residual discomfort and in some cases, prescription pain relievers may be prescribed. Patients will be provided with complete instructions on how to care for the extraction site to promote optimal healing.
"Excellent experience. Procedure was explained carefully and I was treated with respect. Absolutely zero pain or discomfort post-procedure!"
"His work & his communication skills are outstanding...During the surgery he talks you through it..He is the best and always takes great care of me."
"I had an amazing experience... I would highly recommend Dr. Glaser to anyone including my family...Thank you Dr. Glaser for your honesty and your expertise!"
"They did an excellent job addressing my periodontal disease and helped me get my oral health back on track."
"Dr. Glaser and all other staff that operated on me had fantastic bedside manners, making me feel comfortable and safe while going into the operation."
"Dr. Glaser is fantastic. He took his time to make sure my procedures went well and explained everything without feeling rushed."