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Wisdom Teeth
Fort Worth, TX


Wisdom teeth are called so because they erupt at an age of maturity, typically between the ages of 17 and 25. These are the third, final, and largest set of molars and some people grow all four wisdom teeth. However, there are many people who may have just one or two wisdom teeth and some who don't grow any wisdom teeth at all.

Wisdom teeth develop to improve chewing ability in adults; however, nowadays, because of our soft diet, our jaw is unable to grow to its full potential and hence becomes unable to accommodate these large teeth. As a result, many people who have wisdom teeth suffer from pain, inflammation, and other oral health issues.

Problems Associated with Wisdom Teeth


Although Dr. Guram or Dr. Mancera and Dr. Guram or Dr. Mancera at HomeTown Dental at Belknap always prioritize saving your teeth, wisdom teeth often necessitates tooth extraction. Some problems that are associated with wisdom teeth include:

•  Impacted tooth: This happens when your wisdom tooth grows at an angle or lying down. This can prevent them from fully erupting, causing inflammation of the gums as well as injury to the adjacent tooth.
•  Overcrowding: Many people do not have a large enough jaw to accommodate a wisdom tooth. This can result in overcrowding in the mouth and tooth overlapping.
•  Infections and Cysts: An impacted wisdom tooth can also cause serious oral issues like infections of the gums or the formation of cysts which can destroy the bony structure in your jaw.
Pericoronitis: Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause a painful condition known as pericoronitis, which is due to the inflammation of the tissues that surround the teeth.
•  Poor Oral Hygiene: Wisdom teeth are placed far back in the mouth which makes them difficult to clean. As a result, they may accumulate food debris and plaque, which can result in cavities.


Most of the above conditions warrant the removal of the wisdom tooth. At HomeTown Dental at Belknap, Dr. Guram or Dr. Mancera and Dr. Guram or Dr. Mancera we can treat the discomfort caused by a wisdom tooth through surgical extraction.

Surgical Extraction of a Wisdom Tooth


A wisdom tooth is extracted through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. We will first take a digital x-ray to determine the exact location and angle of the wisdom tooth. We will then numb the surrounding area of the affected tooth and make a small incision in the gums to expose the underlying tooth.

We will carefully remove some of the supporting bone structure to detach the tooth from the jaw and may also split it into two or more pieces for easy extraction.

Once the tooth is removed, we will clean the area of any debris and disinfect the surgical site. A piece of gauze is placed on the wound and you will be requested to gently bite on it to curb the bleeding and swelling.

The procedure should not result in any pain, only some pressure. If you are prone to anxiety, we may also give you a mild form of sedation to make you relaxed during the procedure.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Aftercare


Usually, it only takes a few days for the external wound to close and any lingering discomfort to fade away after a wisdom tooth extraction. Some of the things you need to be careful about are given below.

•  Keep biting on the gauze a few hours after the surgery and change the dressing when it becomes soaked.
•  When sleeping, keep your head in a slightly elevated position.
•  To reduce swelling, press an ice pack to the side of your face.
•  You can chew from the other side of the mouth but avoid eating before the effects of the anesthesia wear off; otherwise, you may risk injury.
•  Do not spit, cough, or sip from a straw as it can dislodge the clot on the wound. This can result in a painful condition called dry socket.
•  Do not participate in any strenuous physical exercise immediately after surgery as it can interrupt the healing process.
•  Eat soft food for a few days like applesauce, bread soaked in milk, bananas, ice cream, and warm soup.
•  If you are a smoker, you will need to quit at least for a few weeks as cigarette smoke disrupts healing.
•  Resist the urge to touch the wound with your finger or tongue.
•  Brush and floss your mouth like normal but avoid the surgical site.


Wisdom tooth extraction is a very common procedure and most people do not suffer from any side effects. However, if you experience issues like increased pain, swelling, or a fever, this may indicate an infection or another issue. If this happens to you, call us at 682-204-5735 and we will treat the issue with over-the-counter medication or other simple treatment at your dental exam.




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