Extraction, the surgical removal of a tooth, is something that dentists prefer to avoid whenever possible. There are several treatment options that allow us to restore damaged teeth. For example, a severely infected tooth can often be restored using the combination of root canal therapy and a crown. There are occasions, however, when extraction is the best alternative for the patient’s health. This can be the case when a tooth is broken, when the infection is too severe to treat, or when an infection threatens to spread to other parts of your smile.
When it comes to wisdom tooth extraction, many patients simply don’t have enough room to accommodate all of their teeth. In these cases, extraction is the only solution to prevent serious medical issues from occurring.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
A patient’s four wisdom teeth are the final molars at each side of their upper and lower jawbones. Wisdom teeth typically erupt during late adolescence or early adulthood, usually by the time a patient turns 21. When a patient doesn’t have sufficient room in their jawbone, all their teeth or one or more of their wisdom teeth can become impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth grows in at an angle, causing several problems. The tooth often fails to emerge from the gum tissue. It can also be blocked by another tooth or stuck in the jawbone. This can lead to a number of complications:
- Damage to other teeth
- Difficulty cleaning the area around the impacted tooth
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Jaw pain and swelling
The Best Age to Remove an Impacted Wisdom Tooth
During a patient’s dental examinations, which are a regular part of your hygiene visits, we monitor the growth and development of your child’s smile. This allows us to anticipate impacted wisdom teeth long before they become a problem. In these cases, the dentist will often recommend wisdom tooth extraction. Dentists commonly recommend removing an impacted wisdom tooth between the ages of 18 and 25. At this point, the root is developed enough to make it easier to manipulate and remove but serious complications have not had a chance to develop. Wisdom tooth extraction is performed using sedation, and the patient will need to schedule some recovery time following the procedure.
Other Types of Extraction
In addition to wisdom tooth extraction, common reasons for extraction include damage that occurs as a result of infection, dental trauma, severe gum disease, or extensive tooth decay. At the office of Debra L Cederbaum, DDS, we only perform extractions when all alternative treatment options have been exhausted. In cases where decay is too extensive to restore with a dental filling, there’s still a strong possibility that the tooth can be saved using a dental crown, an onlay, or an inlay.
If you have a tooth that’s bothering you, contact our office as soon as possible. We’ll assess your tooth and determine the right course of treatment for your smile. We also provide a number of treatments for all stages of gum disease. There’s even a possibility that we can save a tooth that’s loose or has fallen out due to a severe blow, but you need to contact our office immediately in such cases. Give us a call or fill out the form for additional information.