WHY WOULD I NEED A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
Extraction of a tooth can be necessary for several reasons. The tooth might be severely decayed, broken or a major case of periodontal disease. We also extract teeth that may be positioned in a way that they affect other teeth. This is quite common in preparation for orthodontic treatment plans.
Removing a tooth can cause issues with the jaw, or chewing and can affect other teeth moving, so let us review the options you have for replacing your tooth.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- We will numb your tooth, gums, and jaw with anesthetic
- Possible pressure in tooth socket, no pain
- If you are feeling anything, tell us – we will make you comfortable!
- Sectioning: if a tooth will not come out by simply rocking, we may have to cut it into sections.
- Post procedure: they may be some bleeding, simply biting on gauge can help until it clots.
- We will inform you of some things not to do afterwards such as:
- Using Straws
- Brushing/rinsing affected area for a limited time
- Pain Management
- When to go back to daily routine
- What to eat and drink
At ages 16-25 typically, the wisdom teeth push through the gum line in the back of the mouth. Many people will start to experience crowding of the teeth or even impacted wisdom teeth. We like to monitor this in the pre-teen years to ensure they come out if necessary, prior to causing any problems or pain.
There are several benefits to extracting wisdom teeth:
- Crowding of teeth less likely
- Avoid jaw pain due to misalignment
- Partially erupted wisdom teeth are subject to bacteria and germ buildup.
There are many factors that play a part in the decision to remove the wisdom teeth, let us help you decide what is right for you! If your wisdom teeth are causing any pain or discomfort, call your DHC office today.