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The average person has four wisdom teeth in the back of their mouth. These are evolutionary holdovers from the ancient past when our ancestors had a slightly different jaw structure and survived on a primitive diet.

At first, they hide deep in the gums, but in mid-to-late adolescence, the wisdom teeth attempt to emerge. This frequently causes complications, discomfort, and potential pain. Sometimes a wisdom tooth can develop or attempt to emerge at an unhealthy angle. When this happens, it can become trapped and impacted. Over time this can cause significant discomfort and even compromise the root of the adjacent rear molar.

To prevent these complications the oral surgeons who practice out of Irving, Mesquite, or Ennis TX might recommend an oral surgery extraction. This might also be a good time to have your wisdom teeth removed.

The procedure can typically be performed in a single outpatient appointment. Dr. Franco, Dr. Price, and Dr. Havard often recommend full sedation to maintain your comfort. Afterward, you will still feel some sedative effect, so you’ll need to have someone drive you home.

After the extraction, you will need to eat a diet of soft foods while your gums heal. You’ll also want to drink without using a straw. Your oral surgeon will likely include a prescription for pain management medication and provide you with any other pertinent recovery care information.

If you live in the Irving, Mesquite, or Ennis TX area and you or your child is experiencing wisdom tooth pain, you should call 972-594-7414 to schedule a consultation at one of our conveniently located offices in the metroplex.