Hello, I’m Dr. Fred Loe of North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. I am a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and have obtained a dental degree.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last set of teeth to develop in the mouth. When a developing tooth is blocked by another tooth or grows in a manner that makes it impossible to erupt normally, the tooth is said to be impacted. Many people have one or more impacted wisdom teeth that, if left untreated, can pose significant problems. For some patients, the teeth have come into the mouth or have begun to come into the mouth, but they are so difficult to keep clean that it’s better to remove them in order to improve the overall health of the mouth and prevent future problems.
Patients, and especially parents of patients, will frequently ask, “When is the best time to have wisdom teeth extracted?” While there may not be a perfect answer, most oral surgeons will agree, that if wisdom teeth are going to be removed, it’s generally best to remove them when the patient is younger, usually in the early or mid teens, because the procedure is easier for the patient. The bone is more forgiving, the teeth aren’t fully formed, there is a much lower risk of having issues with other structures, such as the nerve in the lower jaw and sinuses in the upper jaw, and the recovery is generally much more rapid.
At North Tarrant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we are proud of our state-of-the-art facility and our highly skilled team that will ensure our patients are fully informed and comfortable throughout the procedure. Before removing your wisdom teeth, we will perform a thorough clinical exam and X-ray evaluation of your jaws and teeth. We will present you with your options for extraction and develop a plan for wisdom teeth removal that you feel comfortable with. The majority of our patients elect to have the procedure performed with intravenous sedation and sleep comfortably during the procedure.
For all of your oral surgery needs, please visit us at North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We perform general tooth extractions, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant placement, and bone grafting procedures, as well as facial trauma surgery and many other facial reconstructive procedures. We service all of Tarrant, Wise, and Parker Counties and look forward to caring for you at our state-of-the-art oral surgery facility. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call our office. Thank you.
What are wisdom teeth?
After all of the primary adult teeth have developed, many teens and adults develop a third set of molars called wisdom teeth. These are the last teeth to grow in the mouth and can provide valuable chewing forces if developed correctly. However, many times these teeth do not have the room to grow properly and require removal. Dr. Fred Loe offers safe and comfortable wisdom teeth removal at his Fort Worth, TX, practice, to help reduce and eliminate some of the potential health concerns.
Some wisdom teeth may grow sideways into the second molar while others only partially emerge from the gums. Some wisdom teeth remain trapped beneath the gum and bone and the patient may not even know that they are present. This can cause a variety of problems including:
- Bacterial growth
- Periodontal disease characterized by swelling, stiffness, tenderness, pain and even bad breath in the mouth
- Dental crowding/shifting, as the wisdom tooth pushes against the second molar and disrupts the natural alignment of teeth
- The development of cysts and tumors, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth
The removal of wisdom teeth can usually resolve or eliminate these problems before they present themselves. We recommend early removal to avoid problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Your doctor will perform a thorough oral exam supplemented by X-rays and at times 3D scanning to determine the presence and position of your wisdom teeth. All of your options for tooth removal will be presented and discussed in order to develop a surgical plan that you feel comfortable with. We offer a variety of sedative options to ease any pain or anxiety during the procedure, such as nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, and general anesthesia.
Our team is readily available to address any concerns prior to your procedure and to ensure that you receive the highest level of post-operative care possible to ensure optimum recovery time.
Where can I have wisdom teeth removed near Fort Worth?
At North Tarrant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, our surgical staff maintains a state-of-the-art oral surgical facility where patients can have wisdom teeth removed in a safe and comfortable environment. Dr. Fred Loe proudly serves all of Tarrant, Wise, and Parker counties including Saginaw, Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Keller, Lake Worth, Boyd, Decatur, and more.