- Extractions (Tooth Removal)
- Wisdom Teeth Extractions
An extraction is when your dentist removes one or more of your teeth.
Your dentist may extract a tooth for various reasons such as, severe decay, advanced gum disease, impaction (such as wisdom teeth) or injury beyond repair. Once your tooth is extracted, you may experience difficulty in chewing, normal jaw function and problems with your temporomandibular joints, which may affect your overall dental health. Our doctors will offer the best alternatives and replacement options to maintain overall dental health.
There are two types of extraction, a simple and a surgical. Using a local anesthetic, and an instrument called an elevator and forceps, your dentist can perform a simple extraction. During a surgical extraction, your dentist will make a small incision into your gum to remove the tooth and possibly surrounding bone. Your dentist will use a local anesthetic as well as various types of sedation to ensure your comfort.
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.
Wisdom teeth are the big teeth in the very back of your mouth that grow in during your late teens or early twenties. Not everyone gets them, but most people will get four in total. Sometimes wisdom teeth grow in straight, but more often than not, they cause problems. A dentist might recommend removing them if they are decayed, or are causing pain, infection, or crowding.
Recovery from this extraction procedure usually takes about 4 to 7 days. If the tooth is under the gum, then healing may take longer. Ask your dentist if wisdom teeth removal is something you or your teenager should have done. It is best to do so sooner rather than later, before any problems arise.
If your wisdom teeth have already grown in, they will be at the very back of your mouth, behind your second molars. You can count your teeth, and if you have more than 28, you probably have at least one wisdom tooth. If your wisdom teeth have not yet grown in, it means they are still under the gum inside the jaw bone. In order to see these teeth, your dentist will need to perform an X-ray.
Yes, and the good news is that wisdon teeth that have completely grown in are much easier to remove than ones that are still under the gum.
- The tooth is decayed or broken
- You don’t have enough room in your mouth
- The tooth is trapped, and only the tip has pushed through the gum
- The tooth is growing in at the wrong angle
- A fluid-filled sac, called a cyst, has formed around the tooth
Only your dentist can tell you if you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. They can help in chewing, so it is good to keep them if you can. But usually, they cause problems and should be removed. Because they are so hard to clean, they get cavities easily. So, even if they have grown in straight, you may need them taken out if they are decayed or broken.
When the tip of the wisdom tooth pushes through the gums, it creates pockets of space that can trap food and cause infection. The pain might be a sign of infection. Talk to your dentist as soon as possible.
The position of the wisdom teeth determines the method of removal. A fully erupted third molar can usually be removed like any other tooth, while an impacted wisdom tooth may require surgical extraction with local anesthesia and conscious sedation. Recovery following this surgery usually lasts only a few days.
- The initial consultation will allow the dentist to complete a custom approach for your wisdom teeth extraction.
- The day of extraction will include the surgery and instructions for at-home care.
- After extraction, the dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure a steady healing process.
The best time to have wisdom teeth removed is before they cause serious problems. As part of your routine visit to 20 finch Dental, our staff will combine modern diagnostic equipment and expert techniques to determine if your wisdom teeth are healthy and properly positioned.
If it is determined that you would benefit from wisdom teeth removal, our dental surgeons can coordinate everything for you right in our office. Your comfort is our top priority, and we will do whatever it takes to make sure you understand all your options and feel at ease throughout the surgery.