Tooth extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay, injury, infection, and orthodontic treatment. Extractions are a relatively common procedure in most dental offices and are imperative in some cases to prevent further decay or damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues. The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent discomfort during the procedure. Regardless of the reasons that a tooth must be pulled, tooth extractions by Dr. Danielle Wehle in Santa Clara, CA are usually reserved only for cases in which no other treatment option will cure the infection or problem.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually begin to erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 and are the final set of molars that most people get. While many will eventually have their wisdom teeth removed, not everyone needs to do so. Most dental professionals will recommend having oral surgery for wisdom teeth if your wisdom teeth do not fit in your mouth, you experience chronic pain in your gums around your wisdom teeth, your wisdom teeth do not come in straight, or your wisdom teeth are causing tooth decay to adjacent teeth. Wisdom teeth can be difficult to keep clean because of their location in the mouth. Flossing and brushing can be challenging and without good oral care, gum disease and tooth decay can develop.
If we recommend removing your wisdom teeth here’s what you can expect during surgery. On the day of your wisdom tooth extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area and possibly another type of sedation to help you relax. To remove the wisdom teeth, we will open the gum tissue around the tooth and remove any bone that is over the tooth. The whole tooth is then either extracted or cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. After the tooth extraction, you may need stitches. We will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your mouth at home in the coming days and may prescribe pain medication or recommended an over the counter pain reliever. Most patients recovery well and quickly from tooth extractions, but if you have any concerns please contact our office.