Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Houston, TX

Gentle Third Molar Extractions from Board-Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”

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Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted wisdom teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.

These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they have partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Wisdom Teeth Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of wisdom teeth, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to wisdom teeth are discussed.

Oral Examination

With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Moya and Dr. Maida can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist, or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Drs. Moya and Maida have the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Houston, TX

In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the wisdom teeth removal surgery is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Houston Office Phone Number 713-457-6337.

Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.

Do you or a loved one have Wisdom Teeth Pain?

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Patient Review By Eleanor G

I had a great experience getting my wisdom teeth out at Houston Oral Surgery. The most important part to me was getting a quick turn around for scheduling my removal after the consultation, which I was able to achieve despite my limiting deadline of school starting back up. I was also able to swap appointment times with my sister, who also got her wisdom teeth removed the same month as me, so I am greatly apperceptive of the flexibility and patience.

- Eleanor G

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Patient Review By Ruth C

Very professional, efficient, and well run office. I felt comfortable asking questions of the staff and Dr. Moya. All the follow up appointments were appreciated. Highly recommend.

- Ruth C

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Patient Review By Melissa A

Wisdom teeth removal is never associated with fun, but Dr. Maida and his staff made the experience awesome! I love the bedside manner and how well they take care of you. Will be recommending to all my friends!

- Melissa A

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