Having your wisdom teeth removed is a prevalent and much less painful procedure than people perceive.
Wisdom teeth are sometimes called third molars and generally appear sometime between 15 and 25. You may have as few as one, or all four may grow in.
In many cases, they will fit neatly into the mouth without causing a problem, but in other cases, they will become impacted or cause movement in other teeth and will need to be removed.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Timely removal of wisdom teeth can help prevent future dental problems from developing, including damage to existing teeth and the jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can repeatedly become infected, especially if they have partially erupted, as they are more prone to trapping bacteria. Treating these infections with antibiotics is not an effective and long-term solution.
The procedure to remove badly impacted or infected wisdom teeth is not without risk, and most people will experience some mild discomfort for a few days after treatment. It can be harder to remove wisdom teeth in older patients, as teeth tend to fuse to the bone as we age. Any tooth extraction carries a small risk of dry socket.
Wisdom teeth are considered “impacted” when they have no place to go or grow. If left in your mouth, they may grow at an angle, destroy other teeth, capture bacteria and cause an infection.
Not all dentists can remove wisdom teeth. However, at Painfree Dentistry, we have various techniques (including intravenous sedation) to make wisdom teeth removal a more comfortable process. With our techniques, wisdom teeth removal can often be completed easily in one visit. When you visit us, we will tell you if we think that your wisdom teeth need to be removed. If you feel pain in your wisdom teeth or surrounding gums, come in and see us. Not all impacted wisdom teeth will cause pain, alerting you there is a problem.
Reasons for Dental Extractions
Teeth may need a dental extraction for a variety of reasons, including:
- Broken tooth—Sometimes, this can happen due to injury from sports or accidents. Other times, years of clenching or grinding your teeth may be the cause. Small cracks, chips and fractures can largely be fixed, but some are too deep or complex for the tooth to be saved.
- Advanced gum disease—Untreated gum disease can impact soft and hard tissue and bone growth (or loss). Dental extractions can prevent gum disease from spreading.
- Tooth decay—While many cavities can be sealed with fillings or protected by dental crowns, some are too deep to maintain the tooth.
- Orthodontic treatment—OverIy crowded teeth can benefit from dental extraction in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
Book With Us if You Need a Tooth Extraction
We focus on gentle, pain-free dental extractions that keep our patients comfortable and happy. Contact Painfree Dentistry to arrange your extraction evaluation.