Sometimes, in order to achieve the perfect smile, tooth extractions are necessary and can be the best solution for your oral health. If you have a tooth that is severely decayed then it could start affecting the surrounding teeth, potentially damaging your smile and resulting in other health problems. Whether it’s an infected or impacted tooth, read on to discover why extractions may be the best option for you if you want to reach your smile goal!
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are extremely common and are the last set of permanent teeth to appear, and usually break through the gum line around the ages of 18-25. The problem that develops with wisdom teeth is that they typically become impacted, meaning that they become blocked from erupting. If your jaw is not large enough to accommodate your wisdom tooth, then it can cause complications that can affect your roots and disrupt the position of your other teeth. As a result, dentists are now extracting wisdom teeth even if they are not impacted, as an attempt to prevent any potential problems in the future.
Wisdom tooth extraction is quite an extensive procedure and will almost always require you to go under local anesthesia. Once fully under, the dentist will make an incision at the gum line and remove the wisdom tooth as a whole or in pieces. Once the wisdom teeth are completely extracted, the wound will be closed with stitches and you will return home that same day. It is common to experience swelling or jaw stiffness for the first couple of days. If the pain continues after that, we recommend that you stop by our office.
If you are in need of tooth extraction and live in the Orland Park, IL area, give us a call to set up a consultation. Our top priority is to provide you with excellent oral care and to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!