Oral Surgery and Wisdom Teeth Extraction

By: Monon Family Dental  06/29/2015
Keywords: Oral Surgery, Wisdom Teeth, Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Many different dental issues can be corrected through oral surgery. For instance, the term “oral surgery” may apply to procedures like tooth extraction, dental implant placement, denture-related surgery, and treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). One of the most common forms of oral surgery is wisdom teeth extraction. The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that commonly erupt when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes, the wisdom teeth have plenty of room to erupt and they do so without any problems; however, in most cases there is not enough room at the back of the mouth for easy eruption and good alignment. Your dentist at Monon Family Dental will evaluate your mouth and use x-rays to look at the development of your wisdom teeth beneath your gums. If they are in a compromising position, it may be recommended that you have wisdom teeth removal surgery. We only recommend surgery when we believe it is absolutely necessary for your overall health and wellness and will prevent future problems. Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Extracted? Removal is often a good option. This is because if wisdom teeth are in a less-than-ideal position, their eruption could lead to serious oral health problems. If these molars come in at an angle – or even horizontally – they could cause damage to the bone, nerves, and adjacent teeth at the back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth may also be impacted. This means that they are trapped in the bone or in the soft tissue of the gums. In this case, they may only be able to partially erupt through the surface of the gums. The partial eruption of your wisdom teeth may lead to infection by creating a space where bacteria can enter. This type of infection can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness of the jaw. Partially erupted third molars can also be difficult to brush and floss, which can lead to decay. What is the Procedure Like? Your wisdom tooth removal procedure will depend on your unique circumstances. Your dentist will first make sure that you are comfortable for the procedure by either administering a local anesthetic or a mild sedative. Tooth extraction often involves entering the gums and then rocking each tooth gently back and forth until the ligaments holding it in place let go. If a tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed in multiple pieces, and if we believe this to be true in your case, we will discuss it with you ahead of time so that you know what to expect. After your procedure, your dentist will give you specific care instructions for quick and easy healing. If sedation is part of your oral surgery plan, please arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Keywords: Oral Surgery, Wisdom Teeth, Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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