Our Wake Forest Dentist offers In-office Wisdom Teeth Extractions
The third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, often face issues when they attempt to erupt through the gum. Because there isn’t a lot of room at the back, they may grow in sideways or crooked, and they may even only partially break through the gum. If they come through at all – wisdom teeth can also be impacted, which is when they remain below the surface unless surgically removed.
Wisdom teeth extraction is a focus area or ours at Wake Forest Dental Arts. Dr. Winkelmann delivers a comfortable, precise and successful wisdom teeth removal experience for his patients.
Is Wisdom Teeth Extraction Necessary?
When a wisdom tooth has cleanly broken through the gum and has come in without disrupting the adjacent teeth, extraction is probably not necessary. However, sometimes the partially erupted tooth is covered by a thin layer of soft tissue, below which bacteria can be trapped which may cause the infection pericoronitis. This infection is one of the most common reasons for emergency removal of a wisdom tooth and usually happens when the teeth are crowded in the lower jaw. As a general rule of thumb, the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests the following symptoms are a good indicator the wisdom teeth must come out. Patients requiring extraction may notice one or more of the following:
- Infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
- Damage to nearby teeth
- Gum disease
- Extensive tooth decay
In cases of extensive tooth decay, Dr. Winkelmann performs root canals to attempt to preserve otherwise healthy adult teeth. However, as with all therapies, each patient is assessed on an individual basis according to their dental health and needs.
What is the Process of Removing Wisdom Teeth?
Dr. Winkelmann offers sedation dentistry in his continued effort to provide his Wake Forest patients with a relaxing dental care experience, whether they choose local anesthetic, Nitrous Oxide, Oral Conscious sedation or IV Sedation. Wisdom teeth extractions follow a pretty standard protocol of: Prior to treatment, a local anesthetic will be administered along with any additional sedative as needed. IV sedation is offered for patients who prefer to be asleep throughout the process.
Surgical removal of the tooth will require an incision and removal of any bone covering the tooth. Once the tooth has been completely removed, stitches may be required. A folded cotton gauze pad will be placed over the site to help site heal.
Patients may always contact Wake Forest Dental Arts if they have any questions before or after getting their Wisdom teeth extracted. Our Wake Forest Dental team is eager to put your mind at ease and help get your mouth in good working order. To schedule a wisdom teeth consultation, contact us today or we invite you to schedule an appointment online.