Occasionally, it may become necessary to extract a tooth. The decision to extract is always made in collaboration with you as part of your ongoing dental plan, and then only after all alternatives have been considered. Situations that may lead to an extraction include severely damaged or decaying teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, and teeth that are overcrowded and require orthodontic treatment.
An extraction is a routine procedure for our experienced professionals. The procedure includes x-rays to assess the location, size, and position of the tooth to be removed as well as the surrounding area, which helps determine the extent of the extraction procedure. For example, a front tooth with a single root requires a less extensive procedure than a molar, which has multiple roots, or an impacted wisdom tooth. Next, we assess the anesthesia and sedation options that will best serve your needs, allowing for a pain-free, less-than-memorable experience.
Finally, careful removal that often includes a bone-preserving graft takes place. When teeth must be removed, especially ones that appear in your smile, there are a number of natural-looking, permanent tooth-replacement options, such as implants, that can give your smile a second chance.
Wisdom teeth tend to appear after adolescence (when a person is more “wise”, thus the name “wisdom teeth”). Their emergence can be painful as well as damaging to tooth alignment if they’re allowed to come in fully. In fact, 85% of wisdom teeth negatively affect oral health and have to be removed.
Part of our approach to your family’s ongoing dental healthcare plan will include the monitoring and removal of wisdom teeth. Typically, the earlier we can notice and remove wisdom teeth, the better — early removal can prevent damage to neighboring healthy teeth, bone, gum tissue, nerves, and blood vessels.
The two chief issues with wisdom teeth are poor alignment and impaction. Wisdom teeth can erupt (grow in) at an angle, pushing on nearby straight teeth and altering their alignment. Sometimes the wisdom teeth become impacted: they completely develop, but they don’t erupt, remaining completely encased in the jaw’s soft tissue, or they only partially erupt, creating a passageway for bacteria to get into the soft tissue.
Some have the fortune of avoiding problems with wisdom teeth altogether, but in the worst cases, gum infections, jawbone cysts, and bone loss can occur. Therefore, our providers most often err on the side of caution and recommend having them removed.
At Normandy Dentistry, we offer a multitude of comfortable options that make the removal of your wisdom teeth a calm and relaxing experience. Our experts remove the teeth skillfully and gently, and then they provide medications and follow-up information that that assure a speedy, easy, pain-free recovery.