Third molar (wisdom teeth) extractions are commonly performed to prevent teeth from getting impacted and affecting oral health. According to American Dental Association nearly 10 million third molars are extracted each year in an effort to prevent them from becoming impacted. Many oral surgeons in the United States feel this is a beneficial service when the third molars have not erupted normally through the gum.
Third molars usually appear in your late 20’s. They are the last set of teeth to come in in adults. They may come in painlessly and cause no problems. But for the majority of people wisdom teeth are not able to erupt through the gums easily because there is not enough room on the jaw for these teeth. This can cause pain which ranges from a dull ache to a sharp sudden pain. Swelling and jaw stiffness may also be symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth, as well as general illness. Difficulty brushing and flossing can also contribute to tooth decay in the third molars and adjacent teeth.
At Westgate Family Dental Dr. Yarbrough performs third molar extractions on teens, young adults, and adults of all ages. If the wisdom teeth do not erupt naturally through the gums they may become impacted and there is a chance of infection. This can result in pain and swelling. In most cases third molar extraction can be done under local anesthetic or under light sedation. Light sedation dentistry puts you into a relaxed drowsy state which is helpful for anyone who is nervous or anxious about dental procedures. You are able to return to normal activities very quickly; however you will need to have someone drive you home.
Although Dr. Yarbrough is able to save most teeth, sometimes extraction is the best option. The tooth may be too badly damaged to save or the teeth in your mouth may be too crowded. Simple extractions are sometimes used before orthodontic procedures to give teeth room to move into a more natural position.
During a simple extraction the doctor may numb the area with a local anesthetic. If the tooth is impacted or infected he may use light sedation to put you into a relaxed state. Sedation dentistry uses medication to relax you and reduce anxiety. You are put into a drowsy state and you recover very quickly.
Normally the doctor can remove the tooth easily with forceps. He will rock the tooth back and forth to loosen it from the gum and then remove it. Sometimes he must make an incision into the gum or the tooth may have to be removed in pieces. Dr. Yarbrough will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have before he proceeds.
Please call or contact us today if you have any questions about third molar extraction or simple extractions. At Westgate Family Dental we put your oral health and comfort as our top priorities. We are proud to serve the entire Austin area, and we look forward to serving you.