Many patients in Brandon, Florida have heard of wisdom teeth removal. However, they may not understand the purpose or the reason behind tooth extractions such as this. Dr. Trevor Williams of Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to educating patients on ways in which they can maintain their oral health and wellness. For some patients, this involves the removal of the wisdom teeth.
Understanding the wisdom teeth
The wisdom teeth, or “third molars,” are the very last teeth to develop in the mouth. They typically erupt through the gumline in the late teen years or early adulthood, at which point they often crowd the existing teeth. Other times, they may become stuck or “impacted” and require surgical extraction to alleviate pain. Wisdom teeth are not necessary, so extraction of these molars is common.
Types of molar extraction
There are two ways in which Dr. Trevor Williams may remove teeth:
- Simple extraction – teeth that have already come through the gum line can be removed with simple extraction. This is done within just minutes in the dental chair. Patients are properly anesthetized and sedated for their procedure to ensure comfort. Most patients will heal quickly after simple extractions, normally within a period of a few days due to the conservative removal used for this procedure.
- Surgical extraction – teeth that are underneath the gumline or teeth that are broken down, will require surgical extraction. This is the removal of the teeth by cutting into the gum tissues and manually removing the tooth from the bone of the jaw. This procedure is more invasive but is done with proper anesthesia to ensure patients are comfortable from start to finish. Surgical extractions do require more healing and recovery time when compared with simple extractions but are sometimes necessary when patients are experiencing problems associated with tooth loss.
Learn more about dental extractions with Dr. Trevor Williams
At Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Brandon, FL area patients have access to dental extractions and routine dental care under one roof. Our professionals are located at 510 Vonderburg Drive, Ste. #211 and can be contacted by phone at (813) 560-0447 to request an appointment.
To prevent advanced tooth decay or an infection from spreading to nearby teeth, if a tooth has weakened due to gum disease, developed extensive damage like breakage or severe fracturing, and due to wisdom tooth impaction.
Wisdom teeth usually erupt when a person is in their late teens or early 20s. When they erupt only partially through the gumline, it’s known as impaction and can result in painful infection, misalignment, and damage to surrounding teeth. The stability and appearance of teeth can be protected by extracting these teeth.
To some extent. However, we use local anesthetics and even sedation dentistry (if necessary) to provide all our patients with a comfortable and minimally-painful dental experience.
Wisdom teeth don’t need to be replaced as they are hardly noticeable in the smile. However, if you have lost more visible teeth, they can be replaced with options like dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures.
No, smoking delays the healing process and can result in increased pain after surgery. Avoid smoking for as long as possible after a dental extraction (quit altogether, if you can) to ensure recovery in the shortest possible time.