Extractions and Wisdom Teeth Removal
If you’ve heard the phrase “it’s like pulling teeth,” you know that it refers to something that is prolonged and painful. Our patients don’t need to fear extractions or wisdom teeth removal, because modern techniques means it doesn’t have to be a painful or drawn out process. With modern dental technology, tooth extractions are painless and quick.
When Should You Get Your Teeth Pulled?
Tooth extractions are necessary when a tooth is too damaged or infected to be saved. Removing a bad tooth will also halt the spread of the infection to nearby teeth.
Tooth extractions are recommended when:
- Teeth are fractured below the gum line
- There is severe tooth decay
- There is advanced periodontal disease
- Primary teeth are too crowded or not falling out properly
- There is an impacted wisdom
After your tooth extraction, it is important to take great care of the area. We have post-operative instructions to help you heal from your tooth extraction. Taking care of yourself after the extraction is extremely important for your ongoing dental health.
Extracting Wisdom Teeth
Most people have their wisdom teeth removed at some point, usually in their late teen and early adult years. When wisdom teeth grow in, they crowd the other teeth, which can lead to crooked and misshaped teeth, overbites or a misaligned jaw.
Problems Caused by Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are the last sets of permanent teeth that grow in (or erupt). Most wisdom teeth get impacted because they don’t have room to grow. Besides crowding your other teeth, wisdom teeth can cause many other dental problems if they are not extracted, including:
- The development of pericoronitis, a painful infection of the wisdom tooth and gums that can spread into the face and jaw
- Decay of neighboring teeth
- Additional bacteria and plaque which can cause periodontal (gum) disease
- The development of cysts which can destroy bone in the jaw
Diagnosis and treatment
When you arrive for your appointment, we’ll do a thorough examination, which typically includes x-rays, to determine whether wisdom teeth is right for you.
It is typically better to have wisdom teeth extracted early on while the teeth are still under the gum line or the roots are still developing. This makes for quicker extraction and healing.