Wisdom teeth cause problems because of the way they develop over time. If you get your wisdom teeth removed when they first start to grow in, the procedure is easy to manage. If you wait too long, however, the roots become larger and harder to remove.
Wisdom teeth usually start to grow in during the late teen years or early adulthood. Removing wisdom teeth can protect the surrounding teeth and bone from damage. Damage can occur if the wisdom teeth do not come through properly or there is not enough room in the mouth for their placement. Removing wisdom teeth helps to prevent this damage and protects your health.
Another reason you might want to get your wisdom teeth removed is that it is difficult, and potentially painful, to properly clean them at the back of your mouth. Tooth decay can result from neglect.
Wisdom teeth removal surgery is the removal of the third set of molars, which can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. Before the surgery can take place, your dentist takes x-rays to check the position and number of teeth. Typically, one to four wisdom teeth are removed during this procedure.
During the procedure, you may be put under anesthesia. This could be done by nitrous oxide or IV sedation in your mouth, depending on the severity of the case and what you prefer. Your dentist will then use a scalpel to cut into your gums and remove your wisdom teeth. Stitches will be placed to close the wound, and you can start recovering. Make sure someone is ready to take you home after the treatment is done, as you will be unable to take yourself home due to the anesthetics.
General tooth extractions come in a couple varieties depending on the reason and particular case that requires a tooth to be extracted.
Even though we will do everything possible to save your teeth, sometimes extractions are necessary. There are various reasons for extraction, such as wisdom teeth pain or tooth decay. Other cases might require the removal of a tooth in order to make space in your mouth for braces or prosthetics. In any case, if you have to have a tooth extracted you can trust that Dr. Lindsay will be considerate, gentle and caring throughout the whole process.
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