At Cheyenne OMS, we are experts in dental extractions. One of the most common types of extractions we perform are wisdom tooth extractions. See the information we provide later in this page related to wisdom teeth.
Other reasons teeth can require extraction:
- The tooth is severely decayed.
- Advanced periodontal disease
- A tooth has broken in a way that cannot be repaired
- A tooth is poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth)
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, our doctors will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. When they grow properly aligned and healthy, wisdom teeth can be an asset to the mouth. More often, however, they are misaligned and require removal.
When wisdom teeth are misaligned, they may position themselves horizontally; they may be angled toward or away from the second molars; or they may be angled inward or outward. Poor alignment of wisdom teeth can crowd or damage adjacent teeth, the jawbone, or nerves.
Do I Have Wisdom Teeth?
An oral surgeon or your dentist can take x-rays to evaluate for the presence and alignment of wisdom teeth. If you go to a dentist, they will likely send you to an oral surgeon for further evaluation. For a consultation about wisdom teeth, you don't have to go through your dentist, you can make an appointment directly with us at Cheyenne Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
We may recommend that your wisdom teeth be extracted even before problems develop. This is done to avoid a more painful or complicated extractions later. Removal is easier in young people, when the wisdom teeth roots are not yet fully developed and the bone is less dense. In older people, recovery and healing time take longer.
Will I Need To Be "Put Under"?
Depending upon the number of teeth that are being extracted, we could recommend either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic. A local anesthetic only numbs the area where the tooth is being extracted. A general anesthetic will "put you under" meaning that you'll sleep through the entire procedure. The general anesthetic is often recommended when more than one tooth is being extracted at once.
The first step in determining what is the best approach for you is the initial consultation with an oral surgeon at Cheyenne Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Contact us today!