Extensive decay, bone loss, orthodontics, and wisdom teeth removal are all reasons that your dentist may recommend a tooth extraction.
A tooth extraction can be a complex dental procedure, so it’s important to note that aftercare is just as critical as the procedure itself. As the dental patient, it is important to understand that pain and the risk of infection can be lessened with proper care. Our team will review proper home care instructions following a dental extraction.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Third molars, commonly referred to as wisdom teeth, generally make their appearance between the ages of 17 to 25. Wisdom teeth extractions can be performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection, or as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure, that can be performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or oral sedation by a specially trained dentist in a certified surgery office.
The surgery does not require an overnight stay, and you will be released with post-operative instructions and medication (if necessary), to help manage any swelling or discomfort.
While not all wisdom teeth require removal, in most cases, inadequate space in the mouth prevents wisdom teeth from properly coming in or being fully functional. When this happens, the tooth can become impacted, or stuck, in an undesirable or potentially harmful position. If left untreated, impacted wisdom teeth can contribute to infection, damage to other teeth, and can possibly cause cysts or tumors.