Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the last set of permanent teeth to erupt in a person’s mouth and are the ones least needed. Most people see them start to come in somewhere between the ages of 15-25. Although there is nothing necessarily wrong with having them, many people seek wisdom teeth extractions in Frisco because they can endanger a patient’s dental health when:
They erupt through your gum, but your jaw is too small to hold them. As a result, they force other teeth out of alignment and can damage your bite.
They do not erupt through your gum and are not in a normal position. As a result, they crowd the roots of other teeth, force them out of alignment, and can damage your bite.
When your jaw is too small to accommodate normal wisdom teeth, it is common for gum or jaw discomfort and swelling to occur. In addition, there is a greater risk of developing gum (periodontal) disease.
Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Not everyone needs their 3rd molars removed. Our West Frisco wisdom tooth extractions are typically reserved for cases where the teeth are difficult to clean or are interfering with the health of adjacent structures.
Please let us know if you are in any pain or swelling, as these may be a symptom of an underlying infection. Our West Frisco dentist will assess your wisdom tooth development with the help of a full mouth panoramic x-ray. From this image, we can see how large the tooth is and how it is setting in relation to other oral structures, which may be at risk.
Should it be in your best interest to have them removed, our West Frisco wisdom teeth extractions are usually competed along with the aid of sedation, for optimal comfort. As a licensed sedation provider, we can ensure the highest level of safety for our patients.