Wisdom Teeth

Bristles Family Dentistry -  - Dentist

Shirley Parikh, DDS, FAGD

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Wisdom Teeth
Dr. Shirley Parikh is as an experienced general dentist who will consult you on your need to remove your wisdom teeth. The growth of your wisdom teeth can be a painful experience that compromises the alignment of your teeth and, more often than not, requires surgical removal. Schedule an appointment at Bristles Family Dentistry in Houston by calling or booking online to learn more about the state of your wisdom teeth and if and when they should be removed.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

As an average adult, you likely have 32 teeth — with each serving a specific function — but your mouth will usually only comfortably fit 28 teeth. The last four teeth (or molars) to grow in are referred to as your wisdom teeth.

Dr. Foust will likely need to remove your wisdom teeth, as they tend to cause problems for many adults. Your mouth typically doesn’t have space for your wisdom teeth to grow comfortably, which leads to pain when they finally do attempt to erupt.

Why should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Your wisdom teeth are the last four teeth to grow in, which means they’ll usually need more space than your mouth provides. In rare cases, wisdom teeth might grow in without any issues, depending on your teeth’s alignment and the health of your gums. However, the majority of patients aren’t so lucky and will require surgery to remove them.

Wisdom teeth tend to grow in awkward positions as they try to find pathways to emerge. Because of this dilemma, they often:

Grow sideways

When wisdom teeth attempt to grow sideways, they will cause extreme discomfort and affect the health of the rest of your teeth.

Only partially emerge

In some cases, wisdom teeth may only partially erupt from your gums, leaving the site of the opening prone to bacterial growth. This can lead to symptoms and problems, including:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Pain

The pressure from the emerging teeth can also cause problems with the rest of your teeth, shifting them around and out of alignment. Tumors and cysts may also form around the impacted site, adversely affecting your teeth and jawbone.

Remain trapped beneath the gum and bone

If your wisdom teeth remain trapped inside your gums, they can be destructive to the rest of your mouth.

What does a wisdom teeth removal look like?

Preferably, you don’t have to get them removed. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Parikh to prevent the growth of your wisdom teeth as early as possible.

However, if they do need to be removed, do so early. The earlier they’re removed, the safer your mouth remains. It will also reduce surgical risks during the procedure. Here at Bristles Family Dentistry, Dr. Foust conducts the procedure.

When it’s time for your operation, Dr. Foust will discuss any potential risks involved before the in-office surgery. He then gives you IV sedation to ease any pain and discomfort. Dr. Foust then begins to operate and extract your wisdom teeth. He then sutures the gums and gives you gauze to bite down on to manage the bleeding.

You’ll be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment to remove the sutures and ensure proper healing.

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