Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons a tooth extraction may be needed. The most common is a tooth that is too badly damaged from trauma or decay to be repaired. Other reasons include:
Wisdom teeth are third molars that usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25 in the back of the mouth. These teeth most often do not resemble the growth patterns of other teeth and are very difficult to treat. As a result, it may be necessary to extract via surgery. Wisdom teeth should be removed only when they cause various problems (crowding of front teeth, pain at rash) and can not be treated.
Before removing a wisdom tooth, our dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A general anesthetic may be used especially if several or all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at the same time.
To remove the wisdom tooth, our dentist will open up the gum tissue over the tooth and take out any bone that is covering the tooth. He will separate the tissue connecting the tooth to the bone and then remove the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. Some stitches dissolve over time and some have to be removed after a few days. Our dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed.
If you are experiencing pain from a wisdom tooth, contact us at (954) 281-7519 to schedule an appointment.