Wisdom Tooth Extraction Can Help You Avoid Oral Health Complications
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically erupt during a patient's late teens or early 20s. In many cases, wisdom teeth can cause problems when they erupt an angle or fail to fully erupt because of a lack of space. They can also exert pressure on surrounding teeth, causing pain, misalignment, and other problems. Often, extraction is the best solution. Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel keep your comfort in mind when they provide wisdom tooth extraction at their Queens dental office. During each procedure, we provide anesthesia to virtually eliminate pain, and can provide sedation at your request. We can perform preventative extraction before wisdom teeth fully develop, or extract wisdom teeth causing complications. Contact us today to learn more.
About Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth actually begin developing around age 10. They grow slowly over the next several years until they eventually erupt in the late teens or early 20s. In some cases, wisdom teeth grow in straight and achieve harmony with surrounding teeth. In these cases, they may not require extraction as long as they are closely monitored and carefully brushed and flossed each day.
Wisdom teeth become problematic when they cause disturbance to surrounding gum tissue, nerves, or bone, or when they begin to collide with other teeth. Because they are so far back in the jaw, wisdom teeth are more difficult to clean than other teeth, and more susceptible to decay.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Your dentist will use digital X-rays to examine the wisdom teeth and assess how they are affecting your smile. Based on this information, we can make a recommendation for addressing your wisdom teeth. Some patients choose to have their wisdom teeth removed before they can develop to the point of affecting oral health.
Before the extraction procedure, we will administer local anesthetic and, if necessary, oral conscious sedation. This combination will help you to remain comfortable in a state of near-sleep throughout the procedure. Extraction steps will depend on your case. Your dentist will access your wisdom tooth through an incision in your gum line if your wisdom tooth is not fully erupted. Your dentist may need to remove a small portion of jaw bone if it is preventing your tooth from being extracted.
If possible, your dentist will loosen your wisdom tooth as a whole. In some cases, the dentist will need to break the tooth into smaller pieces. Once the tooth has been fully removed from its socket, the dentist can stitch the gum tissue closed.
Once your wisdom tooth extraction is complete, you will need to follow instructions from your dentist to ensure that the socket heals properly. It is important that you follow diet guidelines, cleaning instructions, and medication directions as closely as possible.
When you visit Astoria Dental Group, we can determine if wisdom tooth extraction is right for you or your child. We will take time to fully explain your case and answer any questions so you can make an informed decision regarding your treatment. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.