It is common to need to remove wisdom teeth if they are impacted or otherwise causing you problems. However, other teeth can also need to be extracted for a wide variety of reasons. For instance, if a tooth is too damaged to be saved, due to decay or an accident, our only option may be to extract it. Other reasons could be a baby tooth fails to fall out or your teeth are crowded.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth may not cause you any discomfort, but if they are unable to erupt fully from the gums, we will recommend extraction. When your mouth lacks room for wisdom teeth, they may grow at an angle and damage or cause alignment issues with other teeth. There is also an increased risk of food becoming stuck under the gums.
The Extraction Process
The extraction process is the same whatever teeth you are having removed. We will begin by performing an X-ray of your mouth to check the condition of the tooth under the gums. We will also ask you questions about your medical history and any medication you are taking.
Typically, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area, but you can also receive a sedative if you are particularly anxious. We may even recommend general anesthesia, such as if we are removing all of your wisdom teeth.
Most of the time, patients require a simple extraction. This involves using an elevator tool to lift the tooth and then removing the tooth with forceps. If the tooth is under the gums or has broken at the gum line, you will need a surgical extraction. We will need to make an incision into your gums to reach the tooth. We may also need to cut away some bone near the tooth or split the tooth into pieces to remove it.