Wisdom teeth erupt after all the other teeth have come in, so if the mouth is already full, overcrowding issues can occur. Also, wisdom teeth often grow in sideways or become impacted. This causes pressure, pain, and compromises the health of the neighboring teeth. In these situations, wisdom teeth will most likely need to be removed to maintain the health and balance of the teeth as well as the whole mouth. Wisdom teeth can also come in straight and with no trouble. Many people have trouble keeping the wisdom teeth at the back of the mouth clean so that they can be more susceptible to cavities and decay. Dr. Freeman will provide advice on whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed.
Yes, dentists who train as oral surgeons, complete an additional 4-6 year of surgical residencies where they hone their surgical knowledge and skills. Their advanced education and training include anesthesiology and the diagnosis and surgical treatment of defects, injuries, and diseases of the mouth, jaw, teeth, neck, gums, and other soft tissues of the head.
Tooth extraction is the most common oral surgery. Typically, after the application of anesthetic to the area, special tools are inserted between the tooth and gum that surrounds the tooth.
The tooth is moved back and forth within its socket (the bone that encases the tooth’s root) until it separates from the ligament that holds the tooth in place. Once it is loosened, the tooth is removed from its socket.
When a tooth is impacted, the procedure will depend on how many roots it has and its location under your gum. Patient sedation is often used in addition to the application of an anesthetic to the impacted area. If necessary, a gum tissue flap is created to access bone tissue, and a small opening is made in the bone that covers the impacted tooth. The impacted tooth is then cut into small pieces and removed through the opening. The gum tissue flap is then repositioned and sutured in place.
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