Wisdom Teeth Removal in Houston, TX
Third Molar Extraction
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.”
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 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 are 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.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Drs. Moya and 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 procedure 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.
Houston Oral Surgery Associates
Patient Review By Linda B
I am actually posting a pre-surgery review! Unfortunately, my daughter was sick on the morning of her wisdom teeth surgery. I spoke with Terri and she was SO understanding and helpful with our situation! Just the TLC the staff has given us every time we have called or spoken with the office, confirms why we are so comfortable with our daughter having her surgery here! We know she will be in extremely good hands when we are able to reschedule!
- Linda B
Patient Review By Bernard N
The staff and doctors go above and beyond to explain each step, follow up after the surgery and take a personal attitude in ensuring patients feel like family.job well done
- Bernard N
Patient Review By Anthony G
I was leaving for the summer and wanted to have my wisdom teeth removed so there would not be an issue when I was away. I made the appointment and was see the same week. The surgery went perfect and there were no complications. So glad I saw Dr. Moya! My dad is a dentist and only refers to the best.
- Anthony G
Patient Review By Cheryl B
Very happy with services and the friendliness of the staff and the doctors.
- Cheryl B
Patient Review By Kay K
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Patient Review By Sara G
The staff is caring and professional always greeting you with a warm smile. Great team work.
- Sara G
Patient Review By Ben C
My experience at Houston Oral Surgery Associates was easy. I had no trouble scheduling on short notice, and everyone from the staff to the doctors paid close attention to me and made sure I was comfortable and well taken care of.
- Ben C
Patient Review By Conrado P
I had my last wisdom tooth extracted by Dr. Blake Maida. I was referred to his office by my dentist due to this tooth and also because I have TMJ issues. The staff was very friendly through the whole process. They did x-rays to determine the best option for the extraction and the Dr. explained the process as detailed as possible. He them explained the reasons why TMJ disorder might happen and what to do to correct it. After the appointment Terri went through all the financial details (how much would the insurance cover and all that). She then asked me when would be an appropriate time to call me again to see if I was going to proceed with the extraction. She called me two weeks later and we arranged everything for the extraction. Two days prior to surgery (Monday the 6th) I was having issues with opening my mouth, so I wanted to make sure that it wouldn't be a problem the day of the surgery, so I called at the office and they accepted to have me the next day to make sure everything was fine, with the remark that if there was any problem with my mouth that would prevent the surgery from happening the scheduled day and it needed to be rescheduled there would not be a rescheduling fee. Luckily everything was fine for surgery. The only thing I would mention was that the surgery started later than scheduled, but it went well. They gave me gauze pads and an oral hydrogel wound dressing in a very nice bag with instructions. One week later I went to see Dr. Maida to follow up on my recovery. Everything looked nice and the wound was healing properly. The way I see it, everybody contributes in it's own way to make this office an amazing place. Everybody from Mallory, Terri, Corinna and Dr. Maida and the rest of the staff thanks for all your time and attention!
- Conrado P
Patient Review By Natalia M
I had a very good experience with Dr. Moya and the staff, they were very friendly, warm and professional, they made me feel sure and confident about the procedure, they answered my calls of pain and treated me with care when I needed it. I’m very thankful!
- Natalia M
Patient Review By Bretagne L
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Patient Review By Michelle W
Highly recommend Dr. Moya and his team. Professional and efficient and kind
- Michelle W
Patient Review By Laquandra A
Wonderful staff, very caring & attentive! Appreciate the entire team for their excellent work & service.
- Laquandra A
Patient Review By Camelia A
I felt no pain after getting two upper wisdom teeth pulled. He is awesome and Terri is amazing.
- Camelia A
Patient Review By Ana A
Oral surgery was something I had tried to avoid but Dr. Moya and his entire team made this experience extremely pleasant for lack of a better word. Everyone in his team was very nice and polite and answered all the questions I needed. Dr. Moya is wonderful and made me feel at ease in regards to the procedure. I do hope he does not retire soon so my own daughters can come to him when it's their turn to go through this. Thank you.
- Ana A
Patient Review By Danny G
I researched different options, but decided on Dr. Moya. He and his staff are first class and perform great work. I was well-informed and well treated.
- Danny G
Patient Review By Sebastian T
Dr. Moya and his staff are synonymous of professionalism and excellent customer service. The way they treat the patients is very warm and also they fully inform you and prepare you for the procedure required. I would totally recommend Dr. Moya to someone who is looking for an affordable and professional practitioner.
- Sebastian T
Patient Review By Hazel H
I would highly recommend Dr. Moya for any oral surgical procedure. Came in concern about my wisdom tooth procedure and within the first visit I left knowing I would be in safe hands. And sure enough I had no complications and both Dr. Moya and his staff were incredibly friendly and approachable.
- Hazel H
Patient Review By Michelle N
The service the staff and Dr. Moya offered to patient is exceptional. I felt very comfortable and secured despite my nervousness. I was scared to death just thiking about the surgery. However, Dr. Moya is very thorough and calming. He is an expert in this field!!! I had all three wisdom teeth pulled with no pain or problems, just amazing work!!!! 100% satisfied customer.
- Michelle N
Patient Review By Vicky C
Dr. Moya was very great ! Friendly and caring staff. Very pleasant indeed. He took the time to explain the procedure he was going to perform. I felt great after surgery I would definitely recommend him to everyone.
- Vicky C
Patient Review By Candy M
The staff and Dr. Moya were so wonderful and friendly to work with. So glad I came here to have my wisdom teeth removed.
- Candy M