Wisdom Teeth Extraction
By the age of 18, the average adult has 32 teeth; 16 teeth on the top and 16 teeth on the bottom. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine, and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth (molar teeth) are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.
The average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Cooper-Newland can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are present or may be future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist, orthodontist or by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Cooper-Newland has the training, license and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative.
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia) or general anesthesia. These options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, antibiotics, and a follow-up appointment in one week for suture removal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Bellaire Office Phone Number 713-592-9336.
Our services are provided in an environment of optimum safety that utilizes modern monitoring equipment and staff who are experienced in anesthesia techniques.
Deborah Cooper-Newland, D.D.S.
5 out of 5 stars based on 6 Wisdom Teeth reviews.
Patient Review by Luke H
I am a busy medical student with lots on my plate even in the summer (when I had my appointment), so I was somewhat apprehensive about the recovery period. Dr. Cooper-Newland somehow managed to extract my wisdom teeth in such a way that I felt nearly normal the next day and totally functional 2 days later. This is so important to me, so I am appreciative of her technical expertise. She also has a kind/efficient staff. Great appointment all around.
- Luke H
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Patient Review by Lawrence S
The entire staff at this office is entirely amazing. I've never seen such professionalism and customer service. They walked with through this frightening process and Dr. Cooper Newland did such an amazing job!
- Lawrence S
5 out of 5 stars by Lawrence S on
Patient Review by Ana P
I had a pleasant experience! Dr Cooper was super!! No pain and it only took her a few minutes to remove my wisdom teeth, fastrer than getting a tooth filled. Best experience ever! Thank you, Doctor and staff for taking good care of my needs. Ana.
- Ana P
5 out of 5 stars by Ana P on
Patient Review by Mary M
Dr. Cooper-Newland helped put my frightened 18 year old son at ease. He has never had any major procedures done or have to be put under. My son was extremely nervous and Dr. Cooper - Newland and her staff did an amazing job helping put him at ease. Post-op instructions were thoroughly explained and my son healed perfectly! I would definitely recommend this office!!!
- Mary M
5 out of 5 stars by Mary M on
Patient Review by Mack S
This place has been very helpful and informative. I got my wisdom teeth pulled out with no pain and it was quick. Thank you
- Mack S
5 out of 5 stars by Mack S on
Patient Review by Matthew C
Dr. Newland was able to diagnose the problem right away and got me scheduled for my procedure within a few days. Friendly service and courteous.
- Matthew C
5 out of 5 stars by Matthew C on