Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth Removal Services in Arlington TX

WHAT ARE WISDOM TEETH?

wisdom tooth extraction in Mansfield TX and Grand PrairieWisdom teeth are the teeth that make you smart. But in the discomfort sense, not in the intellectual one. Wisdom teeth are the very back molars that usually erupt later in life. The name ‘wisdom teeth’ refers to the age or maturity of the patient when they first emerge. Wisdom teeth often lead to several dental health issues that may require wisdom teeth extraction-

  • TEETH CROWDING | Wisdom teeth have the tendency to push your other teeth, causing crowding and leading to initial or secondary orthodontia needs.
  • TOOTH ABSCESS | When tooth pulp (or other tissues) in the wisdom tooth become infected, an abscess may form.
  • OTHER INFECTIONS | When wisdom teeth grow into or “impact” your other teeth or break through the gum surface, infections may erupt which can lead to severe discomfort.

The result of a toothache, infection or other problems will likely lead to wisdom teeth extraction. Dr. Stephen Ratcliff may recommend wisdom tooth extraction even if they aren’t causing any current problems. This is done as a preventive measure so no future problems arise.






A brief animation depicting the removal of a wisdom tooth.
WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL

Often wisdom tooth removal is necessary to prevent or address the issues listed above. Dr. Stephen Ratcliff will assess the situation to determine if wisdom tooth removal is the appropriate course. The actual wisdom teeth extraction process is fairly straightforward and similar to other tooth extractions. The level of anesthetic needed depends on your (or your loved one’s) specific situation. General anesthetic may be required or sometimes local anesthetic alone may suffice. Once the patient’s wisdom tooth area is numb, the wisdom teeth removal process starts, with Dr. Ratcliff simply removing each of the offending wisdom teeth (not all need to be removed in every case).

WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION PROCESS

wisdom tooth removal with an dentist in Arlington TXThough the wisdom teeth extraction process itself is comfortable, the patient will experience some inconveniences over the following days. We will instruct you about the appropriate care that should be taken as well as what foods can or can’t be consumed. Dental hygiene is also very important at this point to prevent potential infections. It may be inconvenient for a few days after the wisdom tooth removal but you will be much better off long-term.

If you feel you are in need of wisdom teeth extraction in the Grand Prairie or Mansfield TX area, call our Arlington, TX, office to schedule a visit today and find out if wisdom tooth removal is right for you.