As we touched on briefly in the previous blog, our goal is to help preserve your natural teeth. Occasionally however, protecting your oral health actually means extracting a tooth. If you have wisdom teeth poised to arrive, often removing them can help you avoid a wide array of oral health complications. Let’s look at what our patients in Omaha, NE can expect from the extraction process.
The Dangers of the Third Molars
Typically, wisdom teeth arrive in a person’s late teens or early 20s, however, they can arrive later as well. These are up to four additional molars the erupt in the rear of the mouth. In some situations, they won’t cause any complications. However, in many cases patients can experience misalignment, infection, painful impaction (in which they only partially erupt) and damage to surrounding teeth. Fortunately, we can often remove them prior to eruption!
The Extraction Process
We begin by administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. You may feel a little pressure, but the anesthesia can significantly reduce discomfort. The tooth is then loosened by removed. We can then provide detailed aftercare information as your mouth heals from the extraction process.
Other Situations That Call for Removal
In addition to wisdom teeth, we can also remove teeth that have developed a severe infection or have been loosened by advanced gum disease (periodontitis). We can also remove teeth that have sustained serious damage or extract a tooth to aid in orthodontic treatment.
If we remove a tooth due to gum disease, infection, or damage, then we can discuss possible replacement options. We can discuss dental bridges, partial dentures, or even advanced implant dentistry to fill the gaps in your smile and return your smile to optimal health and function. If you have any questions about the extraction process, or about wisdom teeth, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Extraction?
Our team can safely and comfortably remove a tooth to preserve your smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.