Wisdom Teeth

Ashley Smile Dental

Winifred O. Dike, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

When your wisdom teeth come in — usually during your late teens or early twenties — they can cause various problems and painful symptoms. At Ashley Smile Dental, Dr. Winifred Dike offers comprehensive wisdom tooth removal at the Houston, Texas office. She walks you through each step of the process — from initial consultation to the procedure itself, to your recovery process — with compassion and care. To learn more about wisdom tooth removal, call or schedule a consultation online today.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth get their name because they don’t arrive until after the rest of your adult teeth have come in. On average, they come in between the ages of 17 and 21, though sometimes they erupt later.

They are your third molars to come in. Due to their late arrival, there often isn’t sufficient space for your wisdom teeth in the back of your mouth.

Wisdom teeth never pose a serious problem for some people. However, in many cases, wisdom teeth interfere with the existing structures of your mouth and require removal.

When does getting wisdom teeth removed become necessary?

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause a variety of oral health issues and can damage surrounding teeth. They often come in misaligned and create pockets where plaque can accumulate. Crooked wisdom teeth can also damage your jaw and lead to pain or swelling.

Symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth that should bring you into Dr. Dike’s office include:

  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain
  • Swelling around your gums or jaw
  • Trouble opening your mouth

Dr. Dike can determine whether your symptoms are related to your wisdom teeth and help you proceed with their surgical removal, if necessary.

How does wisdom tooth removal work?

For the procedure, Dr. Dike uses sedation to put you out, so you don’t feel any pain during your wisdom tooth removal.

Using small surgical tools, Dr. Dike creates an incision in your gum tissue to access your tooth and bone. In some cases, she divides your tooth into sections, making it simpler to remove. She then removes your tooth with forceps.

After the removal itself, she thoroughly cleans the extraction site and stitches up the wound to help you heal faster. She also administers gauze to the extraction site to manage any bleeding.

What is the recovery from wisdom tooth removal like?

The recovery period from wisdom tooth removal can last several days. But you might also experience swelling and discomfort for a week or more. Dr. Dike will outline a comprehensive recovery plan for you.

Use ice packs, eat a diet of soft foods, and keep your mouth clean by rinsing carefully with salt water. She will also likely prescribe pain medication to manage symptoms.

More severe symptoms like pus discharge, fever, or severe, prolonged pain, are rare but possible. If you experience anything out of the ordinary following your wisdom tooth removal, call the office immediately.

To schedule a wisdom tooth removal, call or use the online booking tool today.