As people approach adulthood, they may see up to four additional teeth arrive. Known as wisdom teeth, or third molars, these teeth can disrupt oral health and lead to a number of serious complications, including painful impaction. To protect smiles in Olathe, KS, from these issues, we may suggest an extraction. How do we extract wisdom teeth?
The Risks of Wisdom Teeth
What happens when these teeth arrive? For some, this could mean misalignment. Poor alignment not only impacts your appearance, but could increase the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and bruxism (teeth grinding). If the teeth become impacted and only partially erupt, this could lead to damaged teeth, severe discomfort, and even the risk of a dental infection. By addressing the issue, we may prevent these problems from ever occurring. As you or you child approaches adulthood, be sure to bring them in for a exam and consultation, so we can assess the risk and if necessary, recommend an extraction to prevent eruption.
The Extraction Process
First, we will take steps to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We will administer anesthesia and may also suggest IV sedation, which helps you remain relaxed and leaves you with little to no memory of the experience. A trained anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure. We will then open the gums and carefully extract the teeth from within. We then suture the area closed and a friend or family member will bring you home.
We will offer detailed instructions, which enable you to take proper steps in the hours and days following the removal to prevent complications. You will return for follow-up visits so we can remove the sutures and monitor your healing progress.
Other Reasons to Remove Teeth
Of course, removing a tooth isn’t just limit to third molars. In fact, we may need to remove a severely damaged tooth, one loosened by gum disease, or one suffering from a severe infection that a root canal cannot address. Even misalignment may require the removal of a tooth to make space available to straighten your smile. If we remove a tooth that could be replaced, we may take steps to preserve the extraction site, making the placement of dental implants much easier. We also have bridges and partial dentures available as well. If you have any questions, please contact our team today.
Do You Have Wisdom Teeth?
If you have wisdom teeth poised to erupt, then talk to our team about a safe and comfortable extraction. To schedule a consultation and talk about our oral surgical procedures, then call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, and all surrounding communities.