We treat a wide range of dental issues, including tooth extractions, in both adults and children.
A tooth may need to be extracted due to severe decay, infection, crowding, or trauma. Extraction is sometimes necessary in preparation for orthodontic work to make room for repositioning of teeth. In some cases, tooth extraction may also be performed before an organ transplant or when undergoing chemotherapy.
Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon. It’s a quick, painless procedure that usually requires anesthesia.
If the teeth are visible, extraction will most likely be a simple, outpatient procedure. If the tooth hasn’t fully erupted or is trapped or broken, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.
Wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25.
Wisdom teeth can grow unnoticed until they start to cause issues in the mouth. They are commonly extracted when they can’t erupt normally due to overcrowding or the angle at which they are growing—this is known as “impacted” wisdom teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth must be extracted because they are problematic. This type of extraction is a more complicated procedure and will be referred to an oral surgeon.
A local or general anesthetic will be administered prior to the procedure for your comfort.
To remove the wisdom tooth, the gum tissue or bone covering it will need to be taken out first. If necessary, the wisdom tooth may also be cut into smaller pieces to facilitate removal.
If your surgery requires stitches, your dentist or surgeon will advise if they are dissolvable or if you need to return to have them removed. It’s important to follow your dentist or oral surgeon’s instructions to speed up recovery.
If you are experiencing wisdom tooth pain, contact us to schedule a free consultation.