Wisdom Teeth

Lakewood Dentistry

Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in Houston, TX

Each year, about five million Americans undergo wisdom teeth removal. This safe, effective oral surgery can prevent alignment issues and make dental hygiene easier. At Lakewood Dentistry in Houston, Texas, Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS, and the team perform wisdom teeth removal onsite, including pre- and post-care follow-up. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last of your teeth to break through the gum line. They’re located at the very back of your mouth and erupt sometime between the ages of 17-25.

Because of their location, wisdom teeth are likely to become impacted, which can result in pain, infection, and other oral health problems. Wisdom teeth removal provides a convenient way to prevent these and other issues from occurring.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Impacted wisdom teeth don’t have enough room to develop normally or erupt in your mouth. Some impacted teeth grow in at an angle, while others stay trapped within the jawbone. 

Regardless of the cause, impacted wisdom teeth often result in pain, tooth decay, and infection. They also make it difficult to reach the back of your mouth while brushing and flossing. This may cause you to develop a cyst or pimple on your gums.

How does wisdom teeth removal work?

At Lakewood Dentistry, Dr. Farah performs wisdom teeth removal in-office as an outpatient procedure. To ensure your comfort throughout treatment, she offers intraoral sedation, including a combination of oral medications and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Intraoral sedation limits pain, but it doesn’t put you to sleep. 

Before she removes your wisdom teeth, Dr. Farah conducts an oral exam and reviews your oral health history. She also takes oral X-rays to determine the location of your impacted wisdom teeth and to develop a surgical treatment plan.

After gathering this information, Dr. Farah administers intraoral sedation. You take one pill orally and breathe the nitrous oxide through a mask. Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Farah carefully makes an incision along your gum line, revealing your impacted wisdom teeth underneath.

Dr. Farah then removes each impacted tooth. Afterward, she sends you home with a list of recovery instructions, and a prescription for antibiotics to prevent infection.

What is recovery like following wisdom teeth removal?

Following wisdom teeth removal, it’s normal to experience some swelling and sensitivity. In the days after your procedure, follow Dr. Farah’s instructions carefully. Eat only soft foods, avoid strenuous activity, and drink plenty of water. For the first 24 hours, you should also avoid brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth.

To speed up the recovery process, Dr. Farah recommends taking at least one day off work. Attend all follow-up appointments and be careful not to do anything that could irritate the surgical site, like smoking or drinking alcohol. You should feel back to normal within a week.

If you’re concerned about the location or position of your wisdom teeth, schedule an appointment at Lakewood Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.