If the following occurs, a patient may need an extraction:
- Impacted Teeth
- Wisdom Teeth
- Severe decay
- Orthodontic correction
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Fractured teeth/roots
- Severe mobility of teeth
- Infection or abscess that can’t be resolved with root canal treatment
A patient is expected to feel some discomfort after a tooth extraction. Taking a painkiller, antibiotic in some cases, and applying ice packs to the face can help. After two to three days, the discomfort should lessen. If for some reason, it does not lessen or becomes worse, please call our office immediately.
Third molars (also known as wisdom teeth) develop in the back of the mouth and are the last teeth to develop. These teeth come in between 16 and 20 years old. Wisdom teeth can become impacted (unable to come in or become misaligned) when the jaw is not large enough fit them.
Entrapped wisdom teeth can cause extensive damage of the adjacent teeth and need to be extracted in some cases. Wisdom teeth can be left in the mouth if the patient has enough room for them and if they are healthy and not causing any damage to the adjacent teeth. An x-ray is used to evaluate and determine if the teeth should be extracted. During extraction, local anesthetic is used. Minimal sedation and nitrous oxide are available upon request.