Wisdom Teeth Specialist

Smile of the Woodlands

Serge Kupetz, DDS

General Dentistry, Oral Surgery, & Dental Implants Specialist located in Panther Creek, The Woodlands, TX

Your wisdom teeth are the last of your adult teeth to appear and are often referred to as a painful rite of passage. If you think you need your wisdom teeth pulled, trust your care to the compassionate professionals at Smile of the Woodlands, led by Serge Kupetz, DDS, in The Woodlands, Texas. Smile of the Woodlands offers wisdom tooth extractions for a fraction of the price of an oral surgeon. For affordable, quality care, book your wisdom tooth extraction with Dr. Kupetz online or over the phone today.

Wisdom Teeth Q & A

What are wisdom teeth, and why do humans have them?

Wisdom teeth are your third molars. Dentists call them wisdom teeth because they are the last adult teeth to develop. They emerge relatively late, typically between the ages of 17 and 25.

Molars are flat teeth in the back of your mouth that grind food. Anthropologists believe that wisdom teeth were essential for early humans whose diet consisted of foods that required extensive grinding.

The modern human diet is much different, and today, wisdom teeth are largely unnecessary. 

How can you tell if you need your wisdom teeth pulled?

You may think wisdom tooth extraction is a standard part of dental maintenance, but most times, wisdom teeth only need to be pulled if they have become impacted. 

Impaction happens when your mouth is already crowded with teeth, and your wisdom teeth don’t have enough space to emerge properly or without pain. Impacted wisdom teeth may emerge partially, at an angle, or they may get stuck under the gum line.

Your wisdom teeth may be impacted if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Tooth infection
  • Decay of partially erupted teeth
  • Damage to surrounding bone or nearby teeth
  • Cyst development around the teeth

If you think your wisdom teeth are impacted, you can receive high-quality, affordable care at Smile of the Woodlands for far less than an oral surgeon.

How does wisdom tooth extraction work?

At Smile of the Woodlands, Dr. Kupetz begins the extraction procedure by making sure that you’re comfortable by applying a numbing gel to your gums. Then, he injects a local anesthetic into the area. 

If you’re nervous about your procedure, the practice may also offer you sedation dentistry options. 

For example, the practice can sedate you with nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to encourage a state of extreme relaxation during your procedure. With laughing gas, you’ll also remember very little of the procedure.

Once the practice has prepared you, Dr. Kupetz makes a small incision in your gum tissue so that he can see more of your wisdom tooth and bone. Then, he carefully removes any bone blocking access to your tooth root. 

Sometimes the practice must divide the tooth into pieces to get it all out.

Once your wisdom tooth is out, Dr. Kupetz cleans the site thoroughly, keeping an eye out for any remaining bone or debris. Often, he stitches your incision shut to help it heal better.

Finally, Dr. Kupetz places gauze over the extraction site and instructs you to bite down. That staunches the bleeding and speeds up the blood clotting process.

Wisdom teeth extractions are safe and affordable at Smile of the Woodlands. To learn more or schedule an appointment with Dr. Kupetz, call the office or fill out the online booking tool today.