Tooth Extractions - Wisdom Teeth
Only when all efforts to save a tooth have been exhausted will our Provo dentist Dr. David Bennett recommend that a tooth be removed. If a tooth needs to be extracted, they will make sure your procedure is as comfortable as possible by thoroughly making the tooth and the surrounding area numb.
Because of Dr. Bennett’s careful anesthesia technique, his patients report only a very minor sensation of pressure as the tooth is removed from its socket.
After having a tooth extracted, it is essential that you have the tooth replaced with a dental bridge or dental implant to maintain proper alignment of the surrounding teeth and to avoid needing TMJ treatment in the future.
Wisdom Teeth (3rd Molar) Removal
Simply put, the average mouth is made to hold only 28 teeth. It can be painful when 32 teeth try to fit in a mouth that holds only 28 teeth. These four other teeth are your third molars, also known as “wisdom teeth.”
Why Should I Remove My Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and the gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum, and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to successfully erupt.
These poorly positioned impacted teeth can cause many problems:
When they are partially erupted, the opening around the teeth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain, and illness. The pressure from the erupting wisdom teeth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth.
The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom teeth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth. Removal of the offending impacted teeth usually resolves these problems.
Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.
Oral Examination For Evaluation of Wisdom Teeth
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Provo Dentist Dr. David Bennett can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and predict if there are current or possible future problems. Studies have shown that early evaluation and treatment result in a superior outcome for the patient. Patients are generally first evaluated in the mid-teenage years by their dentist.
Removal of Wisdom Teeth
In most cases, the removal of wisdom teeth is performed under local anesthesia or laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen). However, sedation options are available also. All options, as well as the surgical risks (i.e., potential sensory nerve damage, sinus complications), will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum is sutured to help control bleeding, you will be asked to bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home.
Upon discharge, your post-operative kit will include post-operative instructions, a prescription for pain medication, and a follow-up appointment in one week.
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