Wisdom Teeth Removal
A very common reason for tooth extraction is the presence of impacted wisdom teeth. For most people, a third set of molars appear in our teenage years or early adulthood. Oftentimes, these molars, which are referred to as wisdom teeth, can remain in the gums and if not taken care of could cause crowding and pain. Along with these symptoms, further resulting problems include infections and gum disease. As a preventative measure, wisdom teeth are often removed to avoid these issues.
Wisdom teeth may still need to be removed even if you are not experiencing pain. It’s common for them to become stuck and unable to make their way through the jaw. Sometimes they grow at the wrong angle or are not able to fit into a smaller mouth, leaving them below the gumline. Sinus problems, alignment issues, pain, infection, and cavities all signal that wisdom teeth may need to be removed.
Simple extractions require only a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb, the molar is loosened and removed from the mouth. Sometimes, especially when a patient is having all of their teeth removed, sedation is necessary. Once under, we will cut into the gum with a small incision. The tooth may need to be cut or bone may have to be removed around the tooth for proper extraction. With the help of anesthesia, the process is painless and swift.
If you think you may need wisdom teeth removal, or have any questions about the procedure, give us a call today and we’d be happy to help.