Wisdom Teeth Extraction
When patients lose their permanent teeth whether by poor oral hygiene, trauma, or through professional tooth extraction, it can all be somewhat traumatizing. When people have their teeth pulled by a dental professional it is called exodontia. Extraction is another term for it and can be required if a patient has suffered a traumatic injury to their face or mouth or if they have gum disease. The most common occurrence of tooth extraction is for wisdom teeth removal. If they are not extracted, they can cause numerous problems for other existing teeth.
We will always look at other options before recommending an extraction. Before we are able to recommend an appropriate treatment regimen, we will need to perform an examination. Why not call us today at Queen Anne Family Dental to schedule your evaluation.
When Do I Need an Extraction?
Most people fail to realize there are different kinds of extractions. They only know the tooth is pulled free of the gums. While this is true for both types of extractions, they occur for many different reasons.
A simple extraction is exactly what it sounds like. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the sensations. This is applied to the tooth and gum area so the patient can be comfortable when this procedure is performed. Using gentle pressure, the tooth is removed using dental tools.
The second type of extraction is called a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is typically required when a tooth is impacted in the jawbone. This means the tooth did not fully erupt through the gumline and remains embedded in the bone. In order to fully remove the tooth, it may have to be broken into smaller sections. Most wisdom teeth removals are the surgical extraction variety. Sedation dentistry can be utilized to provide a relaxed setting for the patient, so they do not feel any pain or discomfort. In most cases, patients fully recover from a surgical extraction within a few days.
How is Extraction Related to Restorative Dentistry?
While the earliest tooth extractions were rudimentary at best and life-threatening at their worst, the procedure has been perfected with the advent of modern-day technology. The surgical procedure has been streamlined so there is no chance of infection and a high level of patient satisfaction. We recommend a few days of rest and a soft diet to help aid in recovery. Patients should maintain their oral care regimen, being careful around the extraction site.
The head should be raised while patients recover. This will decrease the amount of noticeable swelling at the surgery site, especially after wisdom tooth removal. It should no longer swell after just a few days. If necessary, patients can take over-the-counter medications to combat this.
If you need your wisdom teeth extracted, please contact us to see if a tooth extraction is a viable option for your situation. We are always more than willing to discuss the treatment options available whether in person or on the phone along with addressing any questions or concerns. Please reach out to us at Queen Anne Family Dental or give us a call to schedule an appointment.
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