Have you ever heard of wisdom teeth? Sometimes referred to a third molars, these teeth arrive in our late teens and early adulthood. For some, they may not pose a risk. But for many people, these teeth could mean the onset of misalignment, painful impaction, and other complications. In order to protect smiles in Omaha, NE, from wisdom teeth, we may recommend extraction.
The Dangers of Your Wisdom Teeth
When these teeth arrive, this will mean fitting 32 teeth in an area only really meant to hold 28. For some, misalignment could develop, as well as a painful impaction, in which the wisdom teeth can only partially erupt. People may also experience an increased risk of infection and damaged teeth. In order to avoid these serious complications, our team will recommend removing them before they even erupt. The process then safeguards your smile against these complications and helps you continue to enjoy a healthy, attractive, and functional smile.
Infections and More
Our team may also remove teeth that have become severely infected, which will prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth. In addition, we can extract teeth that have become loose due to gum disease, or that may become too damaged to be repaired. If you have misalignment, we may need to remove a singe tooth to make room to reposition the rest. No matter what the reason, we will always administer an anesthetic to numb the area. We may also discuss sedation for patients with dental anxiety. We will then carefully and gently remove the tooth. Next, suture the area closed and provide detailed instructions for caring for your smile in the next few hours and days. We will also schedule a follow-up visit, to monitor your smile as the area heals.
Replacing Missing Teeth
While wisdom teeth do not need replacement, what if we remove a tooth due to gum disease or infection? In these cases, you will have an exposed gap in your smile, one that could increase the risk misalignment, TMJ disorder, bruxism, and other complications related to tooth loss. To avoid these issues, we may suggest custom-made and lifelike solutions. For example, we could place a dental bridge or even a single tooth dental implant. You then enjoy a full smile once more. If you have any questions about dental extractions or replacing missing teeth, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Extraction?
We would love to help you enjoy a healthier smile with our restorative treatment options. To learn more about the dental extraction process, schedule a consultation by calling 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.