What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is when your dentist or oral surgeon removes your tooth completely out of your jaw. While we do extractions for all teeth, the most common extraction is wisdom teeth removal.
What are Wisdom Teeth?
Wisdom teeth are a set of molars that grow in during your late teens and early twenties. These are the third and final molar on each side of both the top and lower jaw. Wisdom teeth are not always removed, but they can cause issues for many people.
Why is Wisdom Teeth Removal Done?
- Decay – Sometimes it is hard to properly brush and floss the back teeth. This can lead to tooth decay. The simplest solution is wisdom teeth extraction.
- Not Enough Room – Your mouth may be too small for your teeth. When wisdom teeth grow in a small mouth, they can push and force crowding of the rest of your teeth.
- Misaligned Bite – Because wisdom teeth can push at your teeth, your bite may be out of alignment.
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth – Impacted wisdom teeth grow in at an angle. These usually need to be removed by an oral surgeon.
What is the Benefit of Wisdom Teeth Removal?
- Healthier Teeth
- More Room in Your Mouth
- Less Discomfort
How Does Wisdom Teeth Removal Work?
- During your procedure, you will likely have the option of a sedative. The most common is a shot of Novocaine directly into the gums. You may also opt for nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.”
- Once the area is properly numbed, the tooth is extracted. It may simply be pulled out, or an incision could be necessary.
What Advice Do You Have for Aftercare?
We will provide you with complete aftercare instructions. However, here are some helpful suggestions:
- Your face may be swollen, so use an ice pack, wrapped in a towel, and press it to your cheek.
- Keep your gauze pressed to your socket for as long as instructed.
- Do Not use a straw. Sucking on a straw could dislodge the blood clot and cause “dry-socket.”
- Take your medication as prescribed.
- Exercise your jaw by gently opening and closing your mouth.
Is it Time to Remove Your Wisdom Teeth?
At The Steel Creek Dentist, we know how bothersome wisdom teeth can be. If you have discomfort from your wisdom teeth, don’t wait. Call and make an appointment today!