An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if a tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, if a patient has gum disease and the bone can no longer support the tooth, or if the tooth is impacted in a harmful or potentially harmful position (usually the wisdom teeth).
Depending on the clinical situation, an extraction can be performed at our office or referral to a specialist, an oral surgeon, may be made. A local anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.
Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually they begin to appear in the late teens or early twenties. There is often lack of proper space in the jaw to allow third molars to erupt fully or even at all. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. If this is your situation, the dentist may recommend removal of the tooth (teeth).
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we will determine with you whether tooth removal is recommended at our office, or at the office of an oral surgeon. When we refer patients to an oral surgeon we make sure that they get necessary appointments scheduled successfully, have the needed x-rays made, and answer any questions about the proposed procedure. Please feel free to ask our staff for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel you may need one.