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By: Alderbridge Dental  09-12-2011
Keywords: Tooth Extraction, Wisdom Tooth, Wisdom Tooth Extraction

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so our dentist may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, the dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup for a simple one or may request another visit for this procedure such as wisdom teeth. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a "tooth socket," and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, the dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick for a simple one, it is important to share any concerns or preferences for wisdom tooth extraction with us.

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth and jaw at risk of decay, so this bad tooth should be removed. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Your last molars, called the third molars or wisdom teeth, typically begin to come in (erupt) during the late teen years or early twenties. When they don't have room to grow in, or they're trapped in your jaw because they are tilted or rotated, they are impacted.

An impacted wisdom tooth can cause pain, infection and tooth damage
  • As your wisdom tooth tries to erupt at an angle, it can push on the neighboring tooth, causing pain and possibly damaging the tooth.
  • Food gets trapped next to the wisdom tooth, making the area a breeding ground for the bacteria that cause decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
  • An infection may develop around the impacted tooth, and this infection can spread into the face and jaw.
  • Your jaw may become painful and the surrounding gums may swell and become tender.
  • A fluid-filled sac called a cyst may develop around the impacted tooth; this can destroy a great deal of jaw bone.

Early removal can prevent problems
You can avoid the pain and possible damaging effects of an impacted wisdom tooth by having it removed early, before its roots are fully developed. We can monitor the development of your wisdom teeth with x-rays, and remove them as soon as we determine they will likely cause difficulties.

Our experienced dentists are ready to help you with your wisdom tooth extraction. Book your FREE consultation today!

Keywords: Tooth Extraction, Wisdom Tooth, Wisdom Tooth Extraction

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