For most of us, our third molars (wisdom teeth) grow in during our late teens or early twenties. At Crabtree Dental in Katy we usually recommend extraction. Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves, and their positioning can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. Additionally, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.
Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is common. This can cause infection, as bacteria can be trapped where brushing and flossing is difficult.
After third molar extractions Crabtree Dental recommends patients carefully follow the post-operative instructions provided.
Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens it is important that you call us immediately.
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