Tooth Extractions, Wisdom Teeth Removal
Even though your teeth are designed to last over your lifetime, things can happen that compromise the health of a tooth to the point where it needs to be extracted. Sometimes, teeth need to be taken out because of crowding issues. Wisdom teeth are frequently extracted due to the discomfort they cause.
When you find that you need to have a tooth extracted, Bencaz Family Dentistry is a place where you can receive the attentive care you need to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. Most extractions are routine general dentistry procedures. They can be accomplished quickly with practically no discomfort at all. This is especially true of anterior teeth that only have one root. They are easily removed under most circumstances. The further back you go in the mouth, the more roots teeth have. Bicuspids have two roots and molars generally have three, sometimes four. Usually, these teeth are also extracted without much effort. Occasionally complications can arise, particularly if the tooth is badly damaged or if there is not much left of the tooth above the gum line. Rest assured that whatever the circumstances, your tooth will be removed with care and attention to your comfort.
The teeth furthest back in the mouth are the wisdom teeth. These teeth usually do not erupt until a person reaches the late teens or early twenties. Some people have no problems at all with their wisdom teeth. There is plenty of room in the jaw bone and there are no impactions to hinder the eruption of the teeth. Other people are less fortunate. Wisdom teeth can grow up under adjacent teeth becoming impacted. They also will grow in crooked or sideways. Any of these scenarios can cause discomfort or pain which can range from mild to severe. At Bencaz Family Dentistry, your wisdom tooth extraction will be done with care and compassion.
When your tooth has been pulled, you will be given instructions on how to care for the extraction site. With all extractions, it is important to follow the aftercare instructions so that the area can heal properly. Some continued bleeding after the extraction is to be expected. It is important to rest with your head propped up. If you receive a prescription for pain medication it is important to get it filled and take the medicine as indicated. Ice packs may help keep the swelling down. Your dentist will provide you with further instructions at the end of your appointment.