Wisdom Teeth Removal in Wichita, KS
Wisdom teeth are types of molars found in the very back of your mouth. They generally erupt when you are in your late teens or early twenties. Sometimes, they do not erupt and may, instead, become impacted if there is not enough room in the jaw to accommodate them or if the entry angle is awkward. An impacted wisdom tooth may need to be removed so that you do not develop gum tenderness, swelling, or pain. Partially or fully erupted wisdom teeth that are impacted may be difficult to clean and they are more susceptible to tooth decay, infection, and gum disease.
When your wisdom teeth initially erupt, their roots may not have fully formed. In addition, the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. This can make extraction easier and shorten your time of recovery. This is why it is recommended that you have them removed shortly after they erupt.
To remove your wisdom tooth, your Wichita Family Dental dentist will need to numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. The impacted tooth may remain under the gums, embedded in your jaw bone. As a result, your dentist will need to remove a small portion of the bone to complete the extraction. To minimize the amount of bone that is removed, your dentist will likely divide your wisdom tooth into pieces so that each one can be removed through a small opening in the bone. Once your wisdom teeth are extracted, you begin the healing process. The healing time will vary depending on the difficulty of the extraction. Your Wichita Family Dental dentist will share with you what to expect after the removal of your wisdom teeth and will provide postop instructions for a quick, comfortable healing process.
Sometimes, it is necessary to remove, or extract, a tooth. Wichita Family Dental is Wichita’s premiere facility for tooth extraction. A baby tooth may be misshapen or it may have longer roots that prevent it from falling out. In these cases, it is necessary to extract the baby tooth to make room for the eruption of the permanent tooth. Other times, a tooth may become so decayed that the teeth surrounding it are at risk of decaying as well. So, your doctor at Wichita Family Dental may recommend extraction of the tooth and replacement with a bridge or dental implant. A tooth may also need to be extracted in cases of infection, orthodontic correction, or complications with a wisdom tooth.
If your Wichita Family Dental doctor determines that a tooth needs to be removed, they may extract it during a routine checkup or they may suggest you return for the procedure. The root of your tooth is encased within your jawbone in a socket. Your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. Your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament in order to extract your tooth. This procedure is usually performed very quickly. Nevertheless, it is important to share any concerns or preferences you may have for sedation with your Wichita Family Dental doctor.
Once a tooth has been extracted, the surrounding teeth may shift. This can cause problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. Your Wichita Family Dental doctor may recommend you replace the extracted tooth with an implant or a bridge to prevent these complications.