Tooth Extractions / Wisdom Teeth
At the Spodak Dental Group, we are committed to helping you keep your teeth for a lifetime. At times, however, an extraction is deemed the best course of treatment. Whether you are facing a simple extraction or the removal of wisdom teeth, we have the skilled specialists, facilities, and technology to perform your procedure safely and comfortably.
Your comfort and safety are of paramount importance. If fear or anxiety is a concern for you, ask us about Sleep Dentistry (Sedation Dentistry), performed under the administration and supervision of a board certified MD anesthesiologist in the comfort and safety of our state-of-the-art surgical suite. Sleep Dentistry is a very practical option for those who dread the removal of their wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way from the gum, or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
Extraction of wisdom teeth is generally recommended when:
- Wisdom teeth only partially erupt. This leaves an opening for bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. Pain, swelling, jaw stiffness, and general illness can result.
- There is a chance that poorly aligned wisdom teeth will damage adjacent teeth.
- A cyst (fluid-filled sac) forms, destroying surrounding structures such as bone or tooth roots.
We will advise you about the health and positioning of your wisdom teeth. We may make a recommendation for removal. If so, our Oral Surgeon will be able to complete your procedure in the comfort and convenience of our own comprehensive facility (with or without sleep sedation, depending on your needs and desires).
What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction?
We will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. If you have opted for sedation or Sleep Dentistry, we will advise you well before hand how to prepare for you procedure. After the extraction, we will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.
In general, you will want to avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. Afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask us about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.
When having an extraction, today's modern procedures and follow up care are there to provide you great benefit and comfort.
Content largely courtesy of www.ada.org.