Wisdom Teeth Extraction Can Preserve Your Oral Health
Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars that develop during late adolescence and early adulthood. However, it is very rare for wisdom teeth to come in without any issues. To help prevent damage to surrounding teeth and your oral and overall health, Dr. Jeffrey J. Emmi and his associates provide safe, gentle extractions for wisdom teeth at their Wilmington, DE, practice. There are several reasons to undergo early, preventative wisdom tooth removal, and we can provide the excellent care you require.
We can provide regular, thorough dental exams to determine the best time to remove wisdom teeth with the least impact.
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Removed
There are a variety of issues that can be caused when wisdom teeth develop. These molars can grow at an angle, pushing against other molars, leading to damage beneath the gums. If there is not sufficient room in the jaw, wisdom teeth can emerge only partially or not at all, becoming trapped in the jaw. When the teeth only emerge partially, bacteria and plaque can accumulate around the tooth and soft tissues, easily leading to decay and infection that require periodontal care. When trapped in the jaw, wisdom teeth can become impacted, leading significant discomfort.
If an impacted wisdom tooth is not removed, it can cause several oral health concerns. Teeth trapped in the jaw can lead to swelling, difficulty moving the jaw, bad breath and taste, as well as mild to severe pain when chewing, biting, or moving your jaw. Impacted teeth can also lead to infection that can spread and require surgery to treat. A simple, preventive general dentistry procedure can maintain your health and comfort.
Benefits of Early Extraction
Removing wisdom teeth early can provide a variety of significant benefits. Extracting teeth before they become severely impacted can prevent the pain and other symptoms that can develop and spread. In addition, when treatment is completed at a younger age, wisdom teeth and the surrounding jaw tissue may not be fully formed, providing easier extraction. Younger patients are also able to recover more easily than those who wait. We can provide regular, thorough dental exams to determine the best time to remove wisdom teeth with the least impact.
The Extraction Process
If the tooth is visible above the gum line and intact, a regular molar extraction can be performed. If, however, the tooth is broken or trapped beneath the gums, a more extensive extraction will be required. Both types of extraction will begin with the administration of anesthesia. We will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, so you will feel pressure, but not pain. We can combine this with dental sedation to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
For a surgical extraction, one of our experienced dental team will begin by making an incision in the gum over the tooth. If any bone tissue covers the tooth, the doctor will remove it. Depending on the angle and depth of wisdom teeth, the doctor may need to break your tooth into pieces to make it easier to remove. Once the tooth is successfully removed, the doctor will close the incision with dissolvable stitches. We will provide detailed instructions for you to follow after surgery, and may prescribe painkillers for any discomfort.
If you experience pain in the area of your wisdom teeth and suspect they may be impacted, contact office today to schedule a consultation. We can provide quick, effective care for all your general dentistry needs.