Tooth and Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Our team wants every patient to enjoy a full, natural smile that will last a lifetime, and we will do everything in our power to avoid a tooth extraction, but in some circumstances, a tooth extraction can be necessary. If a tooth is severely decayed and threatening the health of your other teeth, we may need to perform an extraction. An extraction may also be necessary if a tooth infection poses a threat to your overall health, or other serious issue.
If you need a tooth extracted, our team can extract your tooth gently and professionally. We utilize our skill and technology to decrease stress and the dental anxiety that can be associated with extractions. Once your tooth has been extracted, we will discuss your options and arrange for a restorative service to help you get your full smile back. If you have a child who needs a tooth extraction, your dentists at the Dentistry of Nashville can help. We can also help if you need an infected tooth extracted, or require wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. This usually occurs between the ages of 17 and 21. Often they are not needed for chewing and they are difficult to clean. If there is enough space in the dental arch, the wisdom teeth may erupt into an upright and functional position. It is important to have regular dental checkups to tract the eruption and condition of your teeth.
What is an Impacted Tooth?
A tooth is referred to as impacted when there is not enough space in the dental arch for the tooth to erupt into place or when its eruption is prevented by gum, bone or another tooth. Impacted teeth can cause problems such as: (a) infections; (b) damage to adjacent teeth and (c) cysts.
When Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?
Usually between the ages of 16 and 26, when the surrounding bone is less dense and when root formation is incomplete. Waiting until you are older can increase the risk of infection and surgical complications.
How Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Most extractions are performed with some type of sedation, light sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or conscious sedation with oral and intravenous (IV) medications. Sometimes wisdom teeth can be extracted without sedation using local anesthetics such as Lidocaine. Your dentist can discuss what types of sedation are available and best suited for you.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Most patients experience some degree of swelling and discomfort which is part of the normal healing process. Steroid medications and cold compresses can minimize any swelling and discomfort can be controlled with Advil or pain medications. Numbness or tingling in the face, lip or jaw after surgery is possibly but sensation usually returns in a few days. Dry sockets occasionally occur when the blood clot breaks down sooner than normal and can be treated with saline irrigation and a special dressing in the socket. Contact your dentist if you notice these symptoms.