Tooth Extraction Hanley Hills – Wisdom Tooth Extraction Hanley Hills
When a tooth is damaged to the extent that a filling, crown, or other treatment is not enough to fix it, that tooth may need to be removed, or extracted. In most cases, a general dentist can perform simple tooth extractions with a local anesthetic, while an oral (maxillofacial) surgeon performs more complex extractions, such as wisdom tooth removal. If you’re currently considering tooth extraction as an option, our team can be of assistance. Call Doctor Cutrona and our oral hygienist team at (314)-361-1818.
Here are some of the most common reasons a tooth may need to be extracted:
- To remove extra teeth that block other teeth from emerging.
- Removal of teeth that are severely infected. Infected teeth can cause the immune system to weaken, so some cancer or organ donation patients may need to have infected teeth removed.
- Tooth extraction is commonly used to remove wisdom teeth that are impacted or growing incorrectly.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction Hanley Hills
Wisdom teeth extraction requires the assistance of an oral surgeon. Wisdom teeth emerge last. In many cases, wisdom teeth may fail to emerge fully and are said to be impacted. When this happens, most dentists or oral surgeons recommend wisdom tooth extraction. Some of the most common issues brought on by wisdom tooth impaction include:
- The impacted tooth causes other teeth to shift position
- Possible sinus function issues and congestion
- Jaw pain
- Bone loss
- Gum irritation
Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically begin to develop at age 10 and may surface through a person’s twenties. Commonly, a wisdom tooth may fail to emerge fully into position. When this happens, the wisdom tooth is said to be impacted. 70% of adults have to deal with impacted wisdom teeth.
A wisdom tooth may become impacted for a number of reasons. The main reason is that as teeth grow in, the available space in the jaw gets smaller, which means wisdom teeth, the last to grow in, have very little space to grow into. If a wisdom tooth is obstructed from emerging, it will have to be removed. In all of these cases, the wisdom tooth must be removed.
Removal of impacted or un-erupted wisdom teeth is often more complex than a regular tooth extraction; in fact, it usually requires a surgical procedure for which most patients prefer to be sedated or under general anesthesia. An oral surgeon is commonly in charge of overseeing the procedure and the tooth removal.
Tooth Extraction Hanley Hills – Wisdom Tooth Removal Hanley Hills
If tooth extraction is a service you require, our family dentistry in Hanley Hills can assist you. Our team is comprised of highly trained and qualified dentists and oral hygienists, and we can help you get the exact dental care you deserve. Call our team now at (314)-361-1818 to schedule your appointment.