The most common reason for a tooth extraction is problematic wisdom teeth. Beyond this, teeth may sometimes need to be removed if they are damaged beyond repair. For example, teeth that have been badly damaged by decay, an oral injury, or gum disease may need to be extracted and replaced with a denture, dental bridge, or an implant. Tooth extraction may also be necessary for orthodontic purposes. This is more rare, but if your teeth are extremely crowded, the removal of a few teeth may be required to correct your smile.
Wisdom teeth are also called “third molars”, and they are our last teeth to grow in. These teeth usually start to erupt between the ages of 18-25. Many people simply do not have enough room in their mouths for another set of rear teeth.
For this reason, wisdom teeth often cause oral health issues when they begin to emerge. They can cause the rest of your teeth to shift, increase your likelihood of a dental infection, or even fail to erupt completely. They often cause discomfort and headaches for patients.
While some people can keep their wisdom teeth if they're not bothered by them, most patients opt to have them removed. The process is simple and takes only a few minutes. First, your tooth will be numbed. Then, your dentist will use specialized dental tools to loosen it in the socket, and remove it gently with a dental forceps. After this, your mouth is cleaned and disinfected, and the area is sutured shut to complete the procedure.
An impacted wisdom tooth is a third molar that is unable to fully erupted. This can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, and increase the likelihood of a tooth infection or abscess. Impacted wisdom teeth must be surgically extracted. During this procedure, a small opening is made in your gum line, and then your tooth is gently extracted. Once the process is complete, your gum will be sutured shut.
There are a few reasons your wisdom teeth may need to be removed. The most common reason is that they are crowding your other teeth, causing them to shift and move, which can result in bite and jaw issues. Impacted wisdom teeth should also be removed, because they are very painful and can increase your risk of a tooth infection. If you’re not sure whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be removed, schedule a consultation with at one of our Smile Culture Dental locations today for honest advice and expert care!