WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL SERVICES
There are different reasons why a tooth may need to be removed or extracted. When a tooth is diagnosed as needing an extraction, the entire tooth, including the root, is removed from the bone. An extraction is usually recommended by the dentist when a tooth is damaged beyond repair. However, there are times when an extraction is needed on wisdom teeth that haven’t erupted (entered the mouth and are visible) or that just recently erupted into the mouth.
Wisdom teeth, also called 3rd molars, are the teeth that grow in at the back of the jaw. They are the last teeth to come in and usually erupt around ages 17-25. Sometimes a person may not have issues when their wisdom teeth erupt. However, in most cases, crowding and other issues can occur and cause problems. This is when an extraction is necessary.
WHEN DO WISDOM TEETH NEED TO BE REMOVED?
Unfortunately, a majority of mouths do not have room for wisdom teeth. This lack of room can eventually cause crowding and many other problems. When there isn’t enough room for the wisdom teeth to come in they may become impacted. This is when they become trapped by the other teeth around them. These wisdom teeth can either be fully impacted or partially impacted. It’s important to remove wisdom teeth before they cause other oral issues. Possible problems wisdom teeth can cause include:
- Crowded or misaligned teeth
- Tooth decay
- Swollen gums
- Gum disease
- Jawbone damage
- Nerve damage
HOW DOES A PATIENT KNOW THEY NEED WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS?
With x-rays and an exam a dentist can evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth and decide if the teeth will be an issue presently or in the future. It’s important to see a dentist at an early age to avoid issues before they occur. Once it is determined that the best treatment for the patient is to remove the wisdom teeth, there are several steps that will occur.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTION PROCEDURE
All wisdom teeth extraction surgery is performed under anesthesia to ensure all patients are comfortable. If a patient needs to be sedated during the procedure, an IV will be used to administer that medication. Local anesthesia will also be used to ensure the patient is comfortable during the whole procedure. Each patient must have a parent, guardian or another responsible adult to accompany them to the office and stay with them throughout the appointment.
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