Wisdom Teeth Removal

Crystal Lake Dental

Allan Hsu, DDS

Family Dentist located in Leander, TX

Wisdom teeth are considered your third set of molars, and they typically grow in during your late teens or early 20s. Many patients need to have their wisdom teeth removed, as they can cause pain and crowding. At Crystal Lake Dental, Dr. Allan Hsu provides wisdom teeth removal services for patients in Leander, Texas. This safe and effective procedure can resolve discomfort and prevent further dental complications down the road. To request a consultation, book an appointment online or call the office today.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Q & A

Why do I need to get my wisdom teeth removed?

Under the best circumstances, wisdom teeth grow in naturally and have plenty of room among your other teeth. However, wisdom teeth often erupt too early, creating spacing and crowding problems. You might need to have your wisdom teeth removed if they are causing:

  • Impaction: When wisdom teeth don't have room to grow into their natural position, they become impacted, remain inside the gums, and can become inflamed.
  • Partial eruption: If your wisdom teeth partially erupt, they can easily trap bacteria in the gums and cause infection, tooth decay, and pain.  
  • Abscesses: Sometimes it's necessary to remove wisdom teeth that fully erupt if they're decayed or have caused abscesses in the mouth or gums.

Dr. Hsu can determine when it's appropriate to remove your wisdom teeth, as well as what dental care you might need to prevent future complications. Wisdom teeth removal during adolescence is often the recommended course of action, as it can prevent damage to other teeth and maintain the integrity of your gums.

What happens at my appointment?

Before wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Hsu uses different diagnostic tools to determine the position of your teeth and any risk factors that are present.

During the actual procedure, he uses local or general anesthesia to prevent any pain or discomfort. After making an incision in your gum line, he extracts your wisdom teeth and closes the gum with stitches, if necessary.

What are the benefits of wisdom teeth removal?

With your wisdom teeth gone, you'll avoid potentially serious dental complications later in life.

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is a fast and straightforward dental procedure. The operation does not require an extended recovery period, and you can go home the same day as your appointment.

What can I expect after I get my wisdom teeth removed?

After the procedure, your teeth and gums may feel sensitive, tender, and slightly painful for a few days. Many patients can easily manage the discomfort with over-the-counter pain medication, but Dr. Hsu can prescribe you something more effective, if necessary.

It's important to keep your entire mouth, and especially the extraction sites, clean after wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Hsu provides you with specific follow-up steps to ensure you make a fast recovery.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hsu about wisdom teeth removal, use the easy online scheduling system or call the office today.