Rockwall Oral Surgery

What are Wisdom Teeth and Why do They Need to be Removed?

Wisdom teeth are extra teeth that develop in the back of the mouth behind the molars during the late teenage years for most people. Contrary to their name, wisdom teeth do not offer us any advantages, and often cause more problems than if they were removed. For most people, they do not have enough space in the mouth to accommodate these extra teeth as they develop, so the teeth grow in impacted, which leads to a variety of health concerns. Choosing an oral surgeon like Dr. Kevin Pollock to remove impacted or newly developed wisdom teeth will lead to better results as the process is a detailed surgical treatment. 

What is an Impacted Tooth?

Wisdom teeth commonly grow in impacted within the jaw. This means that there is not proper room to grow and erupt into the mouth, so they get blocked and many only partially break through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it can cause the patient jaw pain, swelling, and discomfort as well as lead to infection. It is important to remove an impacted tooth because it poses risk to other surrounding teeth as it continues to grow, and can damage nerves within the jaw. Infection of the gums is another big concern that can spread throughout the rest of your body if not addressed.

Signs and Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth

  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain or discomfort
  • Swelling around the jaw or cheek
  • Constant bad breath
  • Pain when using your jaw normally

Why Choose Dr. Pollock?

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure that should be trusted to an experienced professional. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Pollock has years of education and experience removing problem wisdom teeth. Oral surgeons are required to go through an additional three to four years of medical training AFTER completing dental schooling. This helps them fully understand the relationship between the jaw, teeth, and your overall well being. Dr. Pollock is able to handle complex situations and cases in order to give you the best results. 

Remove Problem Wisdom Teeth Safely

Choose the experienced doctor to remove wisdom teeth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Pollock by calling (469)264-8921.