Some of our most-requested oral surgery procedures include tooth extractions and wisdom teeth removal. Our team of caring professionals work hard to make you feel relaxed and comfortable during these treatments
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, our third molars, are the last teeth to come into the mouth. If need be, they can in some cases be restored using all the regular dental procedures. If there’s room for them to grow in, they usually start to appear in the late teens or early twenties. A few lucky people are able to keep their wisdom teeth and take proper care of them. In most cases, however, this isn’t possible, and a delay in their removal can cause serious problems.
An impacted wisdom tooth may push against other teeth. It can be excruciatingly painful when a wisdom tooth that’s partially grown in becomes infected. This is a common dental emergency and can cause pain several days, even after antibiotics are started.
A misaligned wisdom tooth can also cause cavities. A wisdom tooth can sometimes grow sideways, and in turn, cause a cavity in the second molar. Wisdom teeth are nearly impossible to keep free of plaque. Plaque also causes periodontal disease, which may start near the wisdom teeth and spread throughout the mouth.
In some cases, the roots of wisdom teeth may grow around a nerve in the jaw, which can be damaged during extraction. This could leave your lips and chin permanently numb. Due to the serious complications wisdom teeth can create, it’s usually better to remove wisdom teeth early, even before they break through the gums.
Single Tooth Removal
In some cases, where a tooth cannot be saved, extraction is the best option to prevent further discomfort or infection. We will make sure the entire procedure is comfortable for you, so the first thing we do is to make sure you’re thoroughly numb. After a while, the area is checked to make sure you are unable to feel the affected area. Though you’ll continue to feel pressure when a tooth is removed, you shouldn’t feel any pain at all. If you start to feel any discomfort during your procedure, we’ll stop and give you more anesthetic.
If you are nervous about having to have a tooth extracted, please do not hesitate to speak with our compassionate team! In many cases, your dentist may offer various methods of Sedation to ease your anxiety.
Possible Alternatives to Tooth Removal
If a tooth can be saved, there are many alternatives to having it removed.
- Saving it by root canal therapy and a crown
- Using surgical procedures such as bone grafting or root amputation
At 7Dental, we will do everything in our power to save your tooth, rather than having it removed. Please schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately if you are experiencing pain, or if you notice any serious problems with your teeth. When tooth damage is left for too long, there are sometimes no alternatives to extraction. Delaying treatment lets the damage or infection spread to other teeth, or worse yet, to the rest of your body. We are open six days a week to accommodate emergency appointments, so please do not hesitate to give us a call!