Though we do everything we can to avoid it, there are some situations where the only option is to remove a tooth. This is typically the case when you have a tooth that’s severely infected or decayed and threatening your overall health.
At Dentistry of Nashville, we go to great lengths to ensure you’re comfortable during the extraction process and satisfied with the results. After your tooth is removed, we’ll develop a plan for a restorative treatment to fill the gap in your smile. Whether you have one impacted tooth or several, we can help your smile stay healthy and attractive for a lifetime.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 21. They’re your last teeth to develop and they often become impacted due to lack of space in your smile. Wisdom teeth tend to shift surrounding teeth out of alignment, which can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
This isn’t always the case — some people have no complications from their developing wisdom teeth and never need them removed. However, this is less common and it’s important to visit your dentist regularly so they can monitor the development of your wisdom teeth. If any issues are detected, our team of qualified dentists can extract your impacted teeth at our practice in Nashville.
What is an Impacted Tooth?
A tooth is considered impacted when there’s not enough space in your arch for the tooth to emerge in its proper place. This can be caused by your gums, jawbone, or another tooth. Wisdom teeth are the most likely to become impacted due to their late development. If an impacted tooth isn’t removed, it can lead to gum infections, damaged teeth, and cysts.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
It’s important not to wait too long before having your wisdom teeth removed, as this can complicate your surgery and increase your risk of health problems. The ideal time to extract wisdom teeth is usually between the ages of 16 and 26, when root formation is still incomplete and the surrounding jawbone isn’t too dense.
What’s the Extraction Process Like?
For most extractions, we use light sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or conscious sedation with oral and IV medications. In some cases, we can forego sedation and use local anesthetics such as Lidocaine. Either way, we’ll discuss your sedation options in advance of the surgery and make sure you feel comfortable going into it. If you choose dental sedation, your surgery will be complete by the time you’re fully conscious and your impacted teeth will be gone.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Most patients recover from their surgery very quickly with minimal complications. Some swelling and discomfort in your jaw region are normal parts of the healing process. A cold compress will help relieve the swelling and we can prescribe pain medication such as Advil to minimize your discomfort.
Numbness and tingling sensations in your face are also possible, but this should dissipate within a few days. In rare cases when the blood clot breaks down too soon, dry sockets can form in your mouth. These can be treated with saline irrigation and a special gel. Make sure to contact your dentist if you’re feeling any of these symptoms after your surgery.
Visit Dentistry of Nashville for Tooth Extraction
Whether you have an infected tooth or impacted wisdom teeth, our team of highly-skilled dentists can handle all your extraction needs. We take extensive measures to guarantee your comfort and safety throughout the entire process. The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists so we can develop the right treatment plan for you. Contact Dentistry of Nashville today and revitalize your smile.