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What are wisdom teeth?
The wisdom teeth, which are also called the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. The average adult has four wisdom teeth that begin to grow in between age 17 and 21.

Why are wisdom teeth extracted?
As wisdom teeth are the last teeth to grow in, many people simply do not have enough room left in their mouth for them. Because of this, wisdom teeth often cannot grow in properly and become impacted. This means that the teeth become trapped beneath the gums. This can cause discomfort, swelling, and even infection.

What are the signs of impacted wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth that are impacted can cause several side effects. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to consider wisdom teeth removal in Houston, Texas:

– Swelling gums in the back of the mouth
– Bad breath
– A bad taste in the mouth
– Difficulty in moving your jaw
– Discomfort when you move your jaw
– Tenderness when you chew or bite

What happens next?
When you come in, our oral surgeon will examine the area and may take X-rays to examine where the wisdom teeth are. Dr. Jose Lopez can then determine if the wisdom teeth need to be removed.

We invite you to contact our office at 713-481-5690 today to learn more and to schedule an appointment. Our oral surgeon and team are committed to providing outstanding care in a welcoming environment!