As we approach adulthood, up to four additional molars could erupt. For many, these additional teeth could cause serious complications for the health and appearance of our smiles. In order to preserve smiles in Olathe, KS, we may suggest an oral surgical procedure known as an extraction. How do we perform an extraction and what should patients expect from this procedure?
The Dangers of Third Molars
Typically, wisdom teeth erupt in our late teens or early 20s. For some, up to additional teeth could try to force their way into the smile, leading to an increased risk of misalignment. Impaction, in which they only partially erupt, could lead to damaged teeth or even a painful infection. To safeguard the health and appearance of a smile, we remove these teeth before they even erupt.
In addition to wisdom teeth, we also prescribe extractions to address loose teeth due to gum disease. We also remove them to prevent the spread of infection or to address a severely damaged tooth, one that would no longer benefit from a restoration.
An In-Office Procedure
The procedure will be complete in our office, you won’t need to have the surgery done at a different location. We also want to ensure our patients feel comfortable during the procedure, which is why we will discuss possible sedation options to help patients enter a calm and relaxed state, with no memory of the procedure.
Addressing Missing Teeth
What about missing teeth? When we remove wisdom teeth, there isn’t a gap in your smile, so there’s no need to discuss possible replacement options. But what if we remove a tooth due to infection or damage? What if a gap appears due to the impact of untreated gum disease? In these scenarios, we will take your smile’s health and stability into account and decide the best method of tooth replacement. For example, we may suggest a dental bridge or a partial denture. We may also prescribe a dental implant for a more secure and longer lasting tooth replacement option. We know the appearance of your smile matters, just as your oral health does, which is why we will work with you to remove the teeth that damage your oral health, and then find the best choice for filling the gap in your smile. If you have any questions about the extraction process, or about our dental prosthetics, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Extraction?
With a safe and comfortable restorative procedure, we can help you maintain optimal oral health. To schedule a consultation and discuss our oral surgical procedures, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.