Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Your wisdom teeth are the very last of your adult teeth to erupt. Where all of your other adult teeth erupt around the age of 13, the wisdom teeth, or third molars, do not erupt until your late teens to early 20s. These teeth are also the most likely teeth to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause serious issues, which West End Dental can treat with wisdom teeth extractions.
What Causes Wisdom Teeth to Become Impacted?
The wisdom teeth can become impacted for several different reasons. Common causes include:
Issues Caused by Impacted Wisdom Teeth
When your wisdom teeth are impacted, it can lead to several serious issues. Issues caused by impacted wisdom teeth include:
Extracting Impacted Wisdom Teeth
There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted, a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are fairly straightforward. Done under a local anesthetic, a specialized tool called an elevator is used to loosen the gum tissue and periodontal ligament from the tooth. Next, forceps are used to move the tooth back and forth to widen the tooth socket. Once wide enough, the tooth is lifted out. If necessary, a stitch may be used to close the socket.
Extracting impacted wisdom teeth is usually done with a surgical extraction. This is a more involved procedure done in more complex situations. The procedure is done under a local anesthetic and sedation may also be provided. Incisions are made in the gums, exposing the impacted wisdom teeth and surrounding bone. We then work to extract the teeth. This process might require removing a small amount of bone or sectioning the teeth and removing them in pieces. Once the procedure is complete, the surgical wounds are sutured closed. Once your wisdom teeth have been extracted, there is no need to worry about replacing them.
Extracting impacted wisdom teeth can help to alleviate your pain, restore your oral health, and improve your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, call West End Dental at (503) 446-2957 today.
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