Expressions such as “like getting teeth pulled” show what society at large believes about the dental extraction process, but that unpleasant mental image is a very outdated one. A modern dental practice such as Bridle Trails Family Dentistry has all the right tools to ensure that your extraction will be as comfortable as possible. It usually takes less than an hour, and with a local anesthetic and IV sedation, if necessary, the tooth can be painlessly removed.
When Extraction Is The Best Option
A tooth may require extraction for a variety of reasons. If the tooth is impacted in the gumline (particularly common with wisdom teeth), if there are serious crowding issues, or if the tooth is too damaged, rotted, or loose to be saved with root canal treatment, Dr. Nomi may determine that extraction is the best option. After the recovery period is over, it will be time to begin taking the prosthodontic or orthodontic steps needed to fill in your smile.
Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?
The average adult mouth is designed to hold around 28 teeth comfortably, but most adults end up with 32. The additional four teeth are called wisdom teeth, AKA third molars. The reason that some adults grow wisdom teeth is because throughout evolutionary history, the human jaw has become smaller and smaller. Because of this, the wisdom teeth become blocked or impacted by the other teeth around them. This can become extremely traumatizing. If the wisdom tooth partially erupts, food can get trapped in the tissue surrounding it, which can lead to bacterial growth and possibly serious infection.
Why Remove Wisdom Teeth As A Young Adult?
By removing wisdom teeth when a patient is a young adult, Dr. Nomi is able to prevent potential healing problems. When a person reaches the age of their mid-thirties, there are much higher risks involved in wisdom teeth removal. The best time to remove wisdom teeth is generally between the ages of fifteen to eighteen.
However, if you are an adult and need to remove your wisdom teeth, there’s no need to worry. Here at Bridle Trails Family Dentistry, we take extra care to make sure that our adult patients are comfortable and anxiety-free. After a consultation, we will recommend that you continue with your wisdom teeth until intervention is absolutely necessary. When it is necessary to remove your wisdom teeth, Dr. Nomi will recommend a simple and pain-free surgery. Your health is our highest concern.